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.
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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.
This entry was posted in Review and tagged 2013, Asphyx, Australian, Black Metal, Blackened Death Metal, Corpsessed, Darkthrone, Death Metal, EP, Forgotten Wisdom Productions, Gorefest, Gravehill, Ritual Obscuration, Vilifier.