Music Review: Horrid – Sacrilegious Fornication

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Horrid - Sacrilegious Fornication

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Dunkelheit Produktionen

Italian oldschoolers Horrid are back with a brand new album, still gleaming wet from the infected womb of the Virgin. These guys have crafted a brutal slab of death metal that exceeds so many recent releases. Catchy, mid-paced to fast, and straight forward, this is mandatory listening for fans of Deicide, Morbid Angel, Death, Entombed, Autopsy, Gorefest, and their fellow countrymen in Faust.

Opening the album with a prayer to Satan while a (sacrifice? participant?) woman moans her lust, the title track “Sacreligious Fornication” is a fast moving freight train of antichristian hate, followed by “Vortex of Primordial Chaos”, which sounds like its title: fast, swirling, and chaotic, but with a good amount of memorable melody that will keep it in your head long after listening to it.

“Necromancy” blasts away with dark magick, followed in suit by “Demonic Sadocarnage”, which also features a smattering of groove death that Jungle Rot fans would like.

“Blood on Satan’s Claw”, my favorite track of the album, is much more brutal in the vocal department and just rippingly fast. No less memorable as far as riffs go, its another track that will lodge itself securely in your hippocampus. It is as if they designed the song to be for destroying people in the mosh pit.

“The Fire of Impenitence” features dual vocalists, with Johan Johannson of Interment guesting. It’s anthemic and vicious, and my second favorite track.

“Diocletianic Persecution” starts off with a nice slow riff and a militaristic drum beat, then quickly picks up pace, and stays at mostly the same fast-ish mid-tempo throughout, where the second-last track, “Goddess of Heretical Perversity” starts fast and ends fast, with no bullshit in the way of headbanging.

I know I’m going to be coming back to this album a lot over the next while, and if I was a list-making man (I am a list-making man) this will probably be a contender for my top of the year. This is one disgustingly and beautifully blasphemous album, and needs to be in the hands of everyone who loves their death metal executed with individual style and loaded with hate.


Music Review: Imperial Savagery – Imperial Savagery

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Imperial Savagery - Imperial Savagery

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Independent

Chicago natives Imperial Savagery got in touch with me and mailed me a copy of their album for review. I looked at the cover, nodded my head, and opened it up. Into the car’s CD player it went, and very quickly my brain was being battered against the insides of my skull. The band’s name is also the band’s sound; old school, fast, and brutal, and not without a somewhat militaristic feel to it.

It is like listening to an army marching toward the building where you are hiding with all the women and children of the city, and the army is carrying swords and chainsaws. It’s inevitable that they are going to find you, and they are getting closer, and when they uncover your hiding spot, it’s going to get fucking messy.

One of my honestly favourite things about this album is that all the songs are pretty short. The longest song, “Thy Kingdom Crumbling” isn’t even four minutes long. The average length is pretty much 2:30, 2:45 range. This disc is ten songs, but not even a half hour. It’s like listening to a death metal band write punk songs. No frills, just kills. In itself, this is slightly strange because their bassist used to be in technical death metal royals Gigan, as well as currently in Sons of Famine with the drummer. Looking deeper into the pedigree of Imperial Savagery results in a mess of unrelenting death metal heritage. From brutal death, slamming death, blackened death, and technical death, these guys bring some serious fucking history to this band.

Fans of Gravehill, Crepitus, Deicide, underground hardcore punk, and violent mosh pits, get it here. This shit is so good.

Music Review: Animated Dead – Tombs of Carnage

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Animated Dead - Tombs of Carnage

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Necrotic Records

Old school American death metal more in the vein of older Cannibal Corpse and newer Deicide rather than the “dark death” I’ve been listening to lately, Animated Dead‘s Tombs of Carnage is a fast moving freight train full of zombies, murderers, and worse.

Consisting of catchy riffs that get the whole body moving, I’m pretty sure these guys engineered their sound to be extremely mosh-pit (un)friendly. Vocally, Spence Riggle has a very gruff voice that reminds me of Corpsegrinder at times, but he doesn’t go to the same extreme speeds. He is more Vile than Evisceration Plague, I guess you could say.

Tone-wise, the band goes for the chaotic, early 90’s Florida sound, with a bass that can be heard, all with the occasionally thrashy edge. And don’t forget samples! (My favourite sample is at the beginning of “Choke”: “You’re gonna look pretty funny trying to eat corn on the cob with NO FUCKING TEETH.”)

Considering the song lengths, it is not hard to believe these guys were a punk covers band back in the early 90’s. The whole album doesn’t last a half hour, its pretty much get in, kill everything and everyone, and go on to the next train car.

In all, Tombs of Carnage is an excellent album for fans of old school American death. There is nothing here that you haven’t really heard before, but to have the high quality of songwriting that Animated Dead have is a big bonus and makes this album pretty much essential for true death metal fans.