Album Review – Emasculated Vituperation / Rape Trauma Syndrome (2022)

Get ready for an explosion of horror and breathtaking savagery made in Taiwan, drenched in the acidic bile of cruelty and drowning in unreasoning hatred.

Lurking in the diseased bowels of humanity since their inception in 2021 in Taiwan, the visceral, unyielding Brutal Death Metal/Deathslam outfit known as Emasculated Vituperation is ready to demolish our senses with their debut opus, entitled Rape Trauma Syndrome, an explosion of horror and breathtaking savagery, one minute dragging you through a charnel pit of rot and decay, the next subjecting you to a frenzied assault of shocking intensity. Drenched in the acidic bile of cruelty and drowning in unreasoning hatred, this is an album for the most desensitized and warped, those fatally addicted to the poisonous adrenaline rush of the brutal outer limits of slamming Death Metal, carefully brought into being by vocalist Larry Wang, guitarist Yuru Wei, bassist Matt Lee and drummer Murray Chen.

Just like the soundtrack to a horrid, gruesome horror movie, the intro Dismembered Flesh Mutilation will send shivers down your spine before Emasculated Vituperation start their inhumane attack with Live Grinding of the Fetus, a massive, truculent Death Metal feast where Larry roars deeply like a creature from the underworld while Murray hammers his drums in great fashion accompanied by the low-tuned, menacing bass by Matt; followed by the title-track Rape Trauma Syndrome, which starts with another movie-inspired intro before the demented guttural by Larry and the incendiary riffage by Yuru pulverize the minds of the lighthearted. There’s no time to breathe as Yuru continues to slash his axe in Forced Swallowing of Vomit, while Murray sounds possessed behind his drum set in a display of Brutal Slamming Death Metal with no shenanigans.

After a quick disturbing excerpt (and it’s even more disturbing if you’re a guy), the quartet will crush your cranial skull mercilessly in Penis Chainsaw Mutilation, where Larry doesn’t sound human at all throughout the entire song, therefore enhancing its violence considerably, whereas Sulfuric Acid Facial Destruction is beyond infernal and demolishing from the very first second. Not only the level of aggression and chaos blasted by the quartet is gargantuan, but guest vocalist Brandon Smith of Agonal Breathing also adds his personal touch of insanity to this Brutal Death Metal onrush for our total delight. Then featuring Xu Zhaiyu and Dongda of The Dark Prison Massacre, Rectal Prolapsing is absolutely disturbing to say the least thanks to the awesome vociferations blasted by all vocalists, while Matt and Murray keep shaking the foundations of earth with their sick kitchen. Finally, their passion for slasher flicks will haunt your damned souls one final time in Unjustified Mistreatment, inspiring us to bang our heads nonstop to the crushing drums by Murray and the always vile riffs by Yuru.

If you think you have the guts to face the pulverizing, perturbing Death Metal crafted by those four sick Taiwanese metallers in Rape Trauma Syndrome, you can stream the album in its entirety on YouTube, but of course if you’re a loyal servant of the most underground form of Death Metal you should definitely purchase the album from the Brutal Mind’s BandCamp page or webstore, as well as from the Fat Tub Of Lard Records’ Big Cartel. In addition, don’t forget to follow the band on Facebook and on Instagram for news, tour dates and other depraved things, keeping the fires of brutal slamming burning and, consequently, inspiring Emasculated Vituperation to continue paving their path of blood, aggressiveness and insanity armed with their wicked and evil music.

Best moments of the album: Live Grinding of the Fetus, Rape Trauma Syndrome and Sulfuric Acid Facial Destruction.

Worst moments of the album: Forced Swallowing of Vomit.

Released in 2022 Brutal Mind/Fat Tub Of Lard Records

Track listing
1. Dismembered Flesh Mutilation (Intro) 2:21
2. Live Grinding of the Fetus 3:02
3. Rape Trauma Syndrome 3:26
4. Forced Swallowing of Vomit 2:16
5. Penis Chainsaw Mutilation 4:05
6. Sulfuric Acid Facial Destruction 2:29
7. Rectal Prolapsing 2:39
8. Unjustified Mistreatment 2:41

Band members
Larry Wang – vocals
Yuru Wei – guitar
Matt Lee – bass
Murray Chen – drums

Guest musicians
Brandon Smith – additional vocals on “Sulfuric Acid Facial Destruction”
Xu Zhaiyu – additional vocals on “Rectal Prolapsing”
Dongda – additional vocals on “Rectal Prolapsing”

Album Review – Vox Mortis / Avignam Jagat Samagram (2021)

The Indonesian rabid dogs of Death Metal are ready to attack in their visceral 13-track debut opus packed with aggressive riffs and intense blast beat while at the same time raising awareness about animal welfare.

Mixed and mastered by Indonesian musician Muhamad Ridho Leonard (of bands like Choria, Infitar and Kill Athena), who’s also the session guitarist in the album under the moniker Rsharsh, Avignam Jagat Samagram is the debut opus by Indonesian Death Metal act Vox Mortis (which translates from Latin as “the voice of the dead”), containing 13 visceral songs packed with aggressive riffs and intense blast beat while at the same time raising awareness about animal welfare. Formed in 2020 in Jakarta, Indonesia’s massive capital sitting on the northwest coast of the island of Java, by vocalist Doni Herdaru Tona (of Funeral Inception, Bloody Gore, Kerangkenk and more), bassist Donirro and drummer Achmad Mustaid (of Vomitology and Funeral Inception), Vox Mortis will pulverize your senses with Avignam Jagat Samagram, attacking you like a feral beast while sending a very important (and obviously dark) message about how animal cruelty is helping to drive our society to its abominable and inevitable end.

Rev up your engines as total annihilation is about to start in Sadisfaction, with Achmad crushing his drums ruthlessly while the guitars by Rsharsh will slash your ears like a sharp razor blade. In other words, it’s brutal and technical Death Metal for the masses, which is also the case in Forever No To Dog Meat, a Brutal Slamming Death Metal chant made in Indonesia where the band tries to uncover the dark side of dog meat trade circulation and the cruelty behind it until it is served as food, with Doni sounding like a creature from the abyss with his guttural growls; followed by the title-track Avignam Jagat Samagram, just as bestial and pulverizing as the previous songs, with the addition of some background orchestrations making it even more diabolical and with Donirro and Achmad being on fire with their rumbling bass and blast beats. Their fusion of old school Death Metal with epic music goes on in Bayar Dendam Balas Hantam, where Donirro delivers some Alex Webster-inspired bass jabs while Achmad keeps hammering his drums furiously; and talking about human abusive behavior and animal cruelty, it’s time for the trio to get back to a rawer and more visceral sonority in Primata Durjana, where Doni keeps barking like a deranged dog (which makes total sense) accompanied by the demented kitchen by his bandmates. Then vile and aggressive from the very first second, Mati! Mati! Mati! Is another solid display of savagery in the form of Death Metal spearheaded by the thunderous drums by Achmad.

In Tetes Darah Pecundang the band adds elements of Groove Metal to their usual sonic madness, but of course always loyal to their vile roots, with Doni’s growls walking hand in hand with the stone crushing beats by Achmad, whereas leaning towards the Death Metal played by Cannibal Corpse in their most recent albums the band fires the obscure and groovy Torture 365, presenting an amazing job done by Donirro with his sick bass while Rsharsh’s riffs overflow violence. There’s no time to breathe as Ronta Semesta begins in full force, led by the infernal drumming by Achmad and the always wicked roars by Doni, and also no sign of things slowing down as Vox Mortis keep demolishing our senses in Di Atas Altar Tradisi, with Doni vociferating manically while Rsharsh brings wrath to the music with his riffage. After a wicked intro the band comes back with their fusion of Death Metal and Deathslam in the form of Friends Not Food, where the bass by Donirro sounds more metallic and vicious as the music progresses, and the band delivers a fast and hellish Death Metal sonority that’s pretty good by itself, but that of course lacks Doni’s evil roars, in the instrumental Ode Untuk Sang Jendral. Lastly, how about a sick tribute to the one and only Morbid Angel with Chapel of Ghouls/Immortal Rites, both taken from their 1989 classic album Altars of Madness? You can check the original versions for Chapel of Ghouls and Immortal Rites on YouTube and see for yourself that Vox Mortis’ tribute lives up to the darkness of the original songs.

If you want to know more about those relentless Indonesian death metallers and their quest for animal rights, you can start following them on Facebook and on Instagram, subscribe to their YouTube channel and stream more of their music on Spotify, and sooner than you think purchase their excellent and devastating debut album from their own BandCamp page, from the Necropsy Records webstore and from the Rapture Records webstore. The album’s aggressive album art, designed by the talented Indonesian musician and illustrator Adi Christianize (Dechristianize Art), is the perfect depiction of the music by Vox Mortis, where a beastly, monstrous dog is finally unleashed from his chains and is ready to seek revenge against mankind, exactly how the Death Metal by those Indonesian rabid dogs sound. It’s visceral, violent and thrilling from start to finish, just the way we fans of extreme music love it, and I personally can’t wait to see what’s next for such promising band from “The Emerald of the Equator.”

Best moments of the album: Forever No To Dog Meat, Avignam Jagat Samagram and Torture 365.

Worst moments of the album: Ode Untuk Sang Jendral.

Released in 2021 Cerberus Productions/Necropsy Records/Rapture Records

Track listing
1. Sadisfaction 4:02
2. Forever No To Dog Meat 3:17
3. Avignam Jagat Samagram 4:09
4. Bayar Dendam Balas Hantam 3:58
5. Primata Durjana 3:17
6. Mati! Mati! Mati! 2:51
7. Tetes Darah Pecundang 3:55
8. Torture 365 3:54
9. Ronta Semesta 3:37
10. Di Atas Altar Tradisi 3:50
11. Friends Not Food 3:49
12. Ode Untuk Sang Jendral (Instrumental) 5:00
13. Chapel of Ghouls/Immortal Rites (Tribute to Morbid Angel) 3:52

Band members
Doni Herdaru Tona – vocals
Donirro – bass
Achmad Mustaid – drums

Guest musician
Rsharsh – guitars (session)

Album Review – Chancroid / Bestial Perverse Of The Anomalies Psychoneurotic (2020)

An up-and-coming Indonesian Brutal Death Metal trio is ready to kill with their debut opus, offering us all an onrush of psychological depravity, gore and terror.

Formed in 2011 in Bekasi, a city in West Java, Indonesia, located on the eastern border of Jakarta, where the underground music scene teems with sounds of insane brutality and extremity past the point of reason, an unrelenting unity that goes by the name of Chancroid plays a furious blend of Brutal Death Metal and Deathslam that stands out for its blood curdling bludgeoning, even amongst those rabid, gore hungry hordes. Formed of vocalist Wira (Infinite Torture, Vomit Larynx, Hypocrisis), guitarist and bassist Hendri (Gyarotium, Hujjat) and drummer Arief (Digging Up, Opium), Chancroid are ready to please all lovers of the gore and endless brutality by bands such as Devourment, Skinless and Disgorge, among others, with their debut full-length release beautifully titled Bestial Perverse Of The Anomalies Psychoneurotic, an avalanche of psychological depravity, gore and terror, all embraced by the vile cover art and layout by Indonesian artist Aghy Purakusuma.

Like a good slasher flick the album starts with a phantasmagorical Intro, dragging the listener to the violent and gory world ruled by Chancroid with Coitus Deification Terminology showcasing straightforward lyrics vomited by Wira (“Bestiality ordered sacrilege committing / Deified sinners, morals depravity / Divine excoriated / Scriptures mockery / The terminology of new order”), sounding raw and visceral from the very first second with Arief hammering his drums manically, and even more infernal the band offers us all the putrid Maximum High Tension Penetrating, a pure, unfiltered Brutal Death Metal tune where Hendri fires some Cannibal Corpse/Aborted-inspired riffs accompanied by the always inhumane gnarls by Wira. And in Xyy, another blast of undisputed violence and dementia by Chancroid, it becomes very clear that although they might be only three guys, they surely know how to make a lot of noise, with Arief once again going berserk and furious behind his drum kit.

Hebephrenia is a cryptic instrumental interlude once again highly inspired by the greatest classics of the horror cinema, filling our ears with its darkly beautiful sounds and tones before the band attacks our senses once again in Bestial Perverse of the Anomalies Psychoneurotic, bringing forward another round of bestiality in the form of wicked lyrics (“From the chamber of atrocity / Brutal heavy killing machine / Inhuman deviations / Consists of lust and voracious / The anomaly / Stench of blood / Arousal concordance / Amalgamated / Bestial creature / Bestial perverse of the anomalies psychoneurotic”), hellish blast beats and scorching riffs. Chancroid continue their path of sheer devastation and savagery in Sadomasochist, where Hendri lives up to the legacy of classic shredding beasts while Wira doesn’t stop vociferating rabidly in this ode to Death Metal, and there’s no time to breathe as the trio continues to smash our cranial skulls in Abysmal Tranquility, where Hendri and Arief make a dynamic duo from hell with their classic riffs and beats, respectively. In Distortion Cognitive of Malicious they need less than three minutes to pulverize everything and everyone that crosses their path in a lecture in Brutal Slamming Death Metal spearheaded by the vicious drumming by Arief, and how about ending the album with more bestiality, blood and violence? That’s exactly what they offer us all in Haemophilus Ducreyi Inoculated, with Wira sounding truly demonic and enraged on vocals.

If you have never, ever in your life had any type of contact with a metal band from Indonesia, let’s say Chancroid might be one of the best options for you to start on the underground Indonesian scene, as not only they play high-end Death Metal, but their compositions are also very cohesive, entertaining and, above all that, very professional for a band that has just released their first album. Hence, let’s support this hellish Indonesian trio by following them on Facebook and on Instagram, and by purchasing a copy of the fulminating Bestial Perverse Of The Anomalies Psychoneurotic from their own BandCamp page, from Apple Music or from Amazon. Wira, Hendri and Arief are more than ready to kill with their debut effort in the name of Death Metal, warning us all that this is only the first chapter in their history of underground brutality.

Best moments of the album: Maximum High Tension Penetrating, Bestial Perverse of the Anomalies Psychoneurotic and Distortion Cognitive of Malicious.

Worst moments of the album: Haemophilus Ducreyi Inoculated.

Released in 2020 Brute! Productions

Track listing
1. Intro 1:55
2. Coitus Deification Terminology 2:41
3. Maximum High Tension Penetrating 2:44
4. Xyy 3:11
5. Hebephrenia (Instrumental) 3:16
6. Bestial Perverse of the Anomalies Psychoneurotic 4:26
7. Sadomasochist 3:27
8. Abysmal Tranquility 3:07
9. Distortion Cognitive of Malicious 2:47
10. Haemophilus Ducreyi Inoculated 3:01

Band members
Wira – vocals
Hendri – guitars, bass
Arief – drums

Album Review – Texas Murder Crew / Everyone’s Last Breath EP (2020)

Capturing the music of the flies buzzing to the sight and stench of inhuman cruelty, this Dallas, Texas-based act will pulverize your senses with the boiling, filthy sound of their debut opus.

Capturing the music of the flies buzzing to the sight and stench of inhuman cruelty in their wicked creations, Dallas, Texas-based Brutal Death Metal/Deathslam six-piece act Texas Murder Crew will pulverize your senses with the boiling, filthy sound of their debut EP entitled Everyone’s Last Breath, drowning you as you reach in agonized desperation for a hand held out in pity. Featuring the dual guttural vocals of Logan Ross and Brent Wells, offering differing shades of sickening brutality, a thick wave of riffs by guitarist Kevin Clark (Devourment, Kill Everything), crushing foundations by bassist Timothy Dewayne Ratcliff and drummer Benjie Quezada, and hallucinatory shadows and the buzzing of the flies by Terry Burleson and his samplers, Everyone’s Last Breath is a must-have album for fans of underground brutality and rage, sounding absolutely verminous and gruesome, and having your body twitching, hungry for violence throughout its 17 minutes of unrelenting extreme music.

As soon as you hit play, a truly cinematic, somber intro grows in intensity until all hell breaks loose, preparing the listener for the pulverizing Curse of Humanity, with Brent and Logan making a bestial vocal duo with their sick gnarls and screeches while Kevin and Timothy decimate their stringed weapons mercilessly, resulting in a Brutal Slamming Death Metal avalanche infused with tons of groove and infinite aggressiveness. Destroy the Witness is another devastating lesson in Death Metal where Logan fires his Cannibal Corpse-inspired riffs while Timothy and Benjie shake the foundations of the earth with their thunderous instruments, not to mention how inhumane the vocals by both Brent and Logan sound, and if you thought they were going to slow down their savagery you’re utterly wrong, as the band keeps smashing our skulls in Beneath My Feet, offering us all three minutes of putrid, wicked Death Metal where Kevin once again takes the lead with his sick riffage. The band’s demented vocal duo continues to bark and vomit their gruesome words in the title-track Everyone’s Last Breath, with Benjie sounding like a stone crusher on drums, or in other words, this is a dense and cohesive Death Metal feast that perfectly represents the band’s dexterity and passion for brutality. Finally, Terry kicks off the closing tune Stronghold with his sinister samplers, being gradually joined by the violent sounds blasted by his bandmates, requiring only a little less than two minutes to annihilate us all.

There are multiple locations where you can put your dirty and blood-soaked hands on Everyone’s Last Breath, such as the band’s own webstore, Comatose Music’s BandCamp and webstore, Amazon, and other alternative options such as Randy’s Record Shop and Saturn. Also, let’s show the guys from Texas murder Crew our total support by following them on Facebook and on Instagram to know more about their music, tour dates and plans for the future, keeping the fires of Brutal Death Metal alive for many years to come and, of course, making sure those talented death metallers will keep delivering their wicked and brutal creations until their very last breath.

Best moments of the album: Curse of Humanity and Everyone’s Last Breath.

Worst moments of the album: None.

Released in 2020 Comatose Music

Track listing
1. Intro 1:39
2. Curse of Humanity 3:31
3. Destroy the Witness 4:00
4. Beneath My Feet 2:50
5. Everyone’s Last Breath 4:19
6. Stronghold 1:29

Band members
Brent Wells – vocals
Logan Ross – vocals
Kevin Clark – guitars
Timothy Dewayne Ratcliff – bass
Terry Burleson – samplers, backing vocals
Benjie Quezada – drums

Album Review – Architectural Genocide / Cordyceptic Anthropomorph (2020)

A sickening, slamming and brutal album of Death Metal from the always fertile breeding ground of Texas, courtesy of an up-and-coming band ready to unleash hell upon humanity.

Texas has always been a fertile breeding ground for the most brutal extremes of Death Metal, and Houston’s own Architectural Genocide have been proving themselves a match for all the illustrious, gore-soaked names who have gone before them since their inception in 2017, unleashing hell upon humanity with their debut full-length opus entitled Cordyceptic Anthropomorph, the sound of sheer brute force within a maelstrom of violence and pulverized flesh. Mixed and mastered by renowned Italian drummer Davide “BrutalDave” Billia (Beheaded, Antropofagus, Hour Of Penance), and featuring a brutal and Stygian artwork by American musician and designer Jon Zig (Images of Violence, Deeds of Flesh, Relics of Humanity, Viral Load), Cordyceptic Anthropomorph is highly recommended for fans of the absolute chaos blasted by bands like Disentomb, Gorgasm and Visceral Disgorge, showcasing all the undeniable talented of lead singer Daniel Brockway, guitarist Jonathan Blake, bassist Matt Day and drummer Nat Conner, and of course their deep passion for what people like to call “Brutal Texan Death Metal”.

It’s time to slam into the circle pit like there’s no tomorrow to the sound of the opening track Spires of Mangled Tissue, bringing to our ears brutal devastation from the very first second, with Nat sounding infernal with his blast beats and fills while Daniel barks like a rabid beast, resulting in a freaking heavy extravaganza from start to finish. Then in Hallucinogenic Demise an ominous intro led by Jonathan’s wicked guitar lines and Matt’s low-tuned bass evolves into modern and furious Death Metal with Daniel’s inhuman screeches adding a touch of dementia to the overall result, with Nat once again crushing his drums manically; and they continue their onrush of dark and hellish sounds in Dominate and Proliferate, where Jonathan extracts sheer violence from his stringed axe in great Brutal Slamming Death Metal fashion. And the title-track Cordydeptic Anthropomorph lives up to the legacy of both old school and modern-day Death Metal, sounding and feeling as brutal and technical as it can be thanks to the amazing job done by the band’s stringed duo, not to mention Nat’s demented and intricate beats.

And the boys from Architectural Genocide keep smashing our skulls and spinal cords with the visceral and infuriated Gorge on Deceased, the perfect depiction of how vile but at the same time melodic and technical the quartet can be, offering a few interesting breaks and variations while Daniel’s deep guttural roars continue to reverberate in the air. Then Nat takes the lead once again in the berserk Pleasure Induced by Agony, sounding like a stone crusher on drums in what’s perhaps the heavier and most vicious of all songs from the album, with Jonathan and Matt showing no mercy for their strings (nor for our necks, of course). The second to last blast of malevolent Death Metal by this skillful four-piece horde comes in the form of Abolishment of Human Existence, where Matt and Nat are in absolute sync with their respective bass punches and demonic beats and fills, providing Daniel all he needs to shine with his deep vociferations, whereas Burgeoning Necrosis is a fantastic and pulverizing closing tune, or in other words, the epitome of everything the band stands for, showcasing the classic, hammering drums by Nat and the always brutal shredding by Jonathan.

If you have what it takes to face the Brutal Texan Death Metal assault fired by Architectural Genocide in their debut installment, all you have to do is go to Comatose Music’s BandCamp or webstore, as well as to Discogs, to put your hands on such ruthless album of extreme music. Hence, don’t forget to show your true support to the guys from Architectural Genocide by following them on Facebook and on Instagram, and by listening to their music on Spotify. The architect of genocide is among us to bring us all a whole new level of sickening, slamming and brutality with Cordyceptic Anthropomorph, proving once again why the underground is and will always be the dark lair (and consequently our endless source) for ass-kicking Death Metal, and if you’re in Texas then the awesomeness coming from that is even higher, no doubt about that.

Best moments of the album: Hallucinogenic Demise, Cordydeptic Anthropomorph and Pleasure Induced by Agony.

Worst moments of the album: None.

Released in 2020 Comatose Music

Track listing
1. Spires of Mangled Tissue 4:51
2. Hallucinogenic Demise 5:48
3. Dominate and Proliferate 4:21
4. Cordydeptic Anthropomorph 5:06
5. Gorge on Deceased 3:56
6. Pleasure Induced by Agony 5:42
7. Abolishment of Human Existence 5:19
8. Burgeoning Necrosis 5:03

Band members
Daniel Brockway – vocals
Jonathan Blake – guitar
Matt Day – bass
Nat Conner – drums

Album Review – Acranius / Reign of Terror (2017)

It’s time to crown this talented German unit as the new slamming kings of this putrid reign of terror we live in, and enjoy their demolishing music while we witness the brutal downfall of our society.

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acranius-album-artFormed in 2009 in Rostock, the largest city in the north German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brutal Slamming Death Metal wolf pack Acranius will tear you down with their third full-length installment, the unrelenting Reign of Terror, an album that will certainly leave some serious bruises and scars on your body and mind after you take a listen at each one of its ten rampant compositions. Besides, when you face a Death Metal album that contain songs named “Warpath” and “Return To Violence”, you already know there will be some good blood spilled before even listening to the music inside it, don’t you agree?

After releasing their debut EP The Echo of Her Cracking Chest in 2011, followed by the full-length albums When Mutation Becomes Homicidal, from 2013, and Dishonor, from 2014, and after a few lineup changes through the years, Acranius return with their most complete and professional work to date, featuring a killer artwork by Ukranian musician and illustrator Daemorph, who by the way also worked with the band in their previous album. As any good Death Metal release, get ready for putrid growls, flammable riffs and crushing drums, delivered by four German metallers that are building a beyond solid reputation among fans of the genre not only in their homeland, but also anywhere in the world where good Death Metal is appreciated.

After a short movie-inspired intro, Born A King brings forward a very metallic and aggressive explosion of blast beats and sheer fury, with the deep guttural by Kevin Petersen living up to the legacy of old school Death Metal, while Kingmaker, an amazing composition that will kick you in the face, continues the demolishing path of its predecessor with guitarist Björn Frommberger firing menacing neck-breaking riffs and drummer Robert Arndt smashing his drum set manically. As its name already states, Return To Violence is extreme violence in music where Kevin’s voice sounds more cavernous than before, while Björn keeps slashing his strings as a veteran in Death Metal, and the band doesn’t seem to get tired of being gory and brutal as we can witness in Outlaw, perhaps the most electrifying composition of the entire album. Kevin and Robert sound pulverizing, with Björn and bassist Lars Torlopp punching us in the head ferociously with their flammable strings.

acranius-band-photoBuilt On Tradition is another slamming gruesome tune by this talented quartet, displaying all the main elements from our good old Death Metal with highlights to its rhythmic beats and boisterous guitar lines, followed by The True Reign, where Robert sounds like a stone crusher on drums, blasting his beats and fills powerfully and providing the rest of the band all they need to sound extreme and bloodthirsty. After that bestial chant, we have the fantastic Warpath, a Death Metal hymn for metalheads who want to have a neck injury headbanging, showcasing an infernal rhythm with Kevin barking like a beast, but still melodic and quite progressive. I’m sure you’ll feel your brain moving inside your skull while banging your head to this song, no doubt about that.

Back to their more visceral mode, sounding like a war machine of Brutal Death Metal crushing everything and everyone, Acranius offer the listener Battle Scars, where Björn managed to sound even more menacing than in all previous songs. And the musicality crafted by Acranius will “execute” you ruthlessly in The Executioner, another heavy composition full of bestial drums and hellish growls where devastation never stops. If you can still feel your neck after this song is over, their deathblow comes in the form of more traditional Death Metal titled Died A Liar, bringing another shot of sharp riffs and beats by these German metallers.

You can stream Reign of Terror in its entirety and consequently put an end to all that calm and peace environment in your neighborhood by clicking HERE, follow Acranius on Facebook, check more of their music on YouTube and, as usual, show your passion for slamming Death Metal by purchasing the album at the Rising Nemesis Records’ BandCamp and Big Cartel, on iTunes or on Amazon. As this reign of terror we live in becomes more and more hideous day after day due to all the shit done by mankind, there’s nothing better than crowning Acranius as our new slamming kings of Death Metal and enjoy their demolishing music while we witness our world falling apart.

Best moments of the album: Kingmaker, Outlaw and Warpath.

Worst moments of the album: Died A Liar.

Released in 2017 Rising Nemesis Records

Track listing
1. Born A King 2:10
2. Kingmaker 3:12
3. Return To Violence 3:12
4. Outlaw 3:36
5. Built On Tradition 3:22
6. The True Reign 3:26
7. Warpath 3:09
8. Battle Scars 2:51
9. The Executioner 3:28
10. Died A Liar 3:05

Band members
Kevin Petersen – vocals
Björn Frommberger – guitar
Lars Torlopp – bass
Robert Arndt – drums