Music Review: Vilifier – Ritual Obscuration

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Vilifier - Ritual Obscuration

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Forgotten Wisdom Productions

This is one disgusting EP. Laying waste with four songs in twenty-two minutes, Vilifier are definitely disciples of old school rotten death metal.

Simplistic, catchy riffs with an absolutely vile sound mark the Ritual Obscuration EP by Australia’s Vilifier. These four songs bring together an obvious love for death metal, obscure black metal, and the songs even show a slightly death/doom approach at times. The production on the EP is nice and lo-fi, with guitars and bass being absolutely dirty; more of an apocalyptic desert dirt than grave dirt, however. The drums are savage, like the footsteps of a giant–or an advancing army–and cymbals crash like steel breaking glass.

The vocalist, Daniel Stone (aka N.B./Nekrobogan), terrifyingly invokes death, destruction, and disorder to earth, heavens, and cosmos alike. As much as I enjoy the music to this EP, I honestly like the vocals even a bit more. They are just so fucking raw!

Sadly, this EP came out back in 2013, and it is the last thing that Vilifier have released. This is pretty much perfect for fans of early Darkthrone, Gravehill, Corpsessed, early Gorefest, Asphyx, etc., and highly recommended by myself.

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