Album Review – Inhuman Depravity / The Experimendead (2022)

A ruthless Death Metal entity from Turkey returns after a long hiatus with a new sonic assault into the most technical, violent and true spirit of the genre.

Originally formed back in 2013 in Kadiköy, Istanbul, Turkey, the ruthless Death Metal entity known as Inhuman Depravity is finally back after a seven-year hiatus with their sophomore opus, entitled The Experimendead, the follow-up to their 2015 debut effort Nocturnal Carnage By The Unholy Desecrator. Mixed and mastered by Can Gelgeç, and displaying a sinister cover art by Kirill Semenov, the devastating new album by vocalist Lucy Ferra, guitarist Murat Sabuncu, bassist Ertu Gozoglu and drummer Eren Gursoy is a sonic assault into the most technical, violent and true spirit of the genre featuring eight songs spanning 33 minutes of pure violence, taking the band onto a whole new level of brutality and, therefore, being highly recommended for fans of Deeds Of Flesh, Sepsism and Suffocation.

It’s a fact that Death Metal bands love those horror movie-inspired intros, and it couldn’t have been any different in Obsessed with the Mummified, evolving into a wall of brutality and rage spearheaded by the massive drums by Eren with Lucy showcasing all her growling potency (and proving why she was chosen for the band’s vocal duties). Then Murat shows no mercy for his stringed axe in Mescannibalismus, enhancing the song’s heaviness and obscurity considerably while Ertu and Eren will make your head tremble armed with their respective bass and drums; and the quartet continues their sonic devastation in the Death Metal extravaganza titled Burnt to Exist, where Lucy’s deep guttural roars will haunt your doomed soul in the name of darkness. Following such metal onslaught, Ertu hammers our heads with his demonic bass punches in Whole Body Radiation, another fast and furious display of classic Death Metal for the masses that sounds insane from start to finish while also very technical.

As I Tell You to Kill So doesn’t have a single second of peace spearheaded by the brutal blast beats by Eren, while Murat is on fire with his sick riffs and also presenting lots of breaks and variations to add an extra spice to it; followed by Death 22, an explosion of sheer insanity and gore by Inhuman Depravity living up to the legacy of old school Death Metal the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Krisiun and Immolation, with Murat delivering tons of hatred through his riffage. Then drinking from the same fountain as their countrymen Diabolizer, it’s time for a hurricane of Turkish death for our total delight titled Ex Nihilo Transition, with Eren sounding utterly diabolical and sulfurous behind his drums. Finally, those Turkish metallers end the album on a high note with the demolishing Beyond Rhythm Zero, with Lucy vociferating like a beast supported by the rumbling atmosphere crafted by her henchmen.

Some people might say that venturing through the realms of female-fronted Death Metal might be too dangerous for any band it doesn’t matter how long they have been active in the scene, but in the case of Inhuman Depravity the final result is beyond exciting, with Lucy Ferra being the perfect frontwoman for the band’s new metal journey. Hence, don’t forget to give the band a shout on Facebook and on Instagram, to stream more of their hellish creations on Spotify, and obviously to purchase a copy of The Experimendead from the Gruesome Records’ BandCamp page. The Experimendead is brutal, heavy, demonic, and above all that, an ode to classic Death Metal, and I’m sure Inhuman Depravity are not only proud of their newborn spawn, but also eager to take all that brutality to the stages worldwide and ready to pulverize us all. Is there anything better than that in Death Metal?

Best moments of the album: Obsessed with the Mummified, Whole Body Radiation and Death 22.

Worst moments of the album: As I Tell You to Kill So.

Released in 2022 Gruesome Records

Track listing
1. Obsessed with the Mummified 3:54
2. Mescannibalismus 4:46
3. Burnt to Exist 4:25
4. Whole Body Radiation 4:07
5. As I Tell You to Kill So 3:57
6. Death 22 4:16
7. Ex Nihilo Transition 3:51
8. Beyond Rhythm Zero 4:52

Band members
Lucy Ferra – vocals
Murat Sabuncu – guitars
Ertu Gozoglu – bass
Eren Gursoy – drums

Album Review – Persecutory / Summoning the Lawless Legions (2022)

An album of sheer darkness masterfully brought into being by a Black and Death Metal horde hailing from Turkey in honor of the seven deadly sins.

Forged in 2014 in the scorching fires of Kadıköy, an older settlement than most of those on the Anatolian side of the city of İstanbul, Turkey, the demonic Black/Death Metal horde known as Persecutory will darken your minds and souls with their sophomore full-length opus, entitled Summoning the Lawless Legions, the Stygian follow-up to their 2016 EP Perversion Feeds Our Force and their 2017 album Towards the Ultimate Extinction. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Can Gelgeç at Studio Sirri, and displaying a devilish artwork by Alex Shadrin of Nether Temple Design, Summoning the Lawless Legions is an album of sheer darkness masterfully brought into being by Tyrannic Profanator on vocals, Infectious Torment and Vulgargoat on the guitars, Deathbed on bass, and Kyle on drums, living up to the legacy of the most obscure and infernal form of extreme music.

The piercing riffs by the band’s guitar duo will penetrate deep inside your psyche in As The Serpents Ascend while Tyrannic Profanator vociferates the song’s wicked words like a creature form the underworld (“Beneath the blackened seas which elder ones take breath / Their primal strength summons, the lords of Shammash / Resided in the fixed stars, infernal serpent’s pride / Burnt embers of the fire, splendor of the unholy light”), therefore offering our ears a modern but at the same time primeval form of Black Metal; and Kyle shows no mercy for his drums in Thou Abyssic Fire In Rebellion, a vicious, hammering aria by the quartet where the gnarling by Tyrannic Profanator gets even more satanic and visceral. Put differently, it’s old school Black Metal with a Turkish Death Metal twist, and the music remains acid and vile until the very last second with Infectious Torment and Vulgargoat embellishing the airwaves with their dark and very melodic guitar riffs and solos.

Another explosion of brutality, obscurity and rage comes in the form of Adorned In Primeval Seas, where the blast beast by Kyle are accompanied by the massive, thunderous bass lines by Deathbed, generating an imposing wall of sounds perfect for Tyrannic Profanator to growl like a beast. Then Deathbed makes the earth tremble with his beastly bass in Circle Of The Spirit Devourers, a darker tune with hints of Doom Metal added to its core sonority with the wicked roars by Tyrannic Profanator walking hand in hand with the inhumane beats by Kyle, whereas lastly we face more of the demented lyrics growled with tons of anger by Tyrannic Profanator (“Forlorn mistress of the circle embraced spheric daughters / Forlorn queens of suffering screamed at their presence / Forlorn servants are chained below the seas of cavities / Forlorn goddess of grief dances on seven storeyed mountains”) in The Blazing Spheres, while the music remains as hellish, heavy and disturbing as possible until the very last second.

Summoning the Lawless Legions, which is available for a full and detailed listen on YouTube, is indeed a lecture in contemporary Blackened Death Metal by Persecutory while remaining loyal to the foundations of the genre, proving those Turkish metallers are not only extremely talented, but also true servants of the darkest side of music. Hence, in order to show them your support and to join them in their quest for extreme music, go check what they’re up to on Facebook and on Instagram, and purchase a copy of their newborn beast from their own BandCamp page, as well as from the Godz ov War Productions’ BandCamp page or webstore as a CD, a blue cassette or a red cassette. Let’s all toast in honor of Summoning the Lawless Legions and of the seven deadly sins, and rest assured that while Persecutory are among us the fires of evil will keep burning our damned souls to the sound of their infernal music.

Best moments of the album: Thou Abyssic Fire In Rebellion and Adorned In Primeval Seas.

Worst moments of the album: None.

Released in 2022 Godz ov War Productions

Track listing
1. As The Serpents Ascend 7:15
2. Thou Abyssic Fire In Rebellion 7:27
3. Adorned In Primeval Seas 7:06
4. Circle Of The Spirit Devourers 8:23
5. The Blazing Spheres 7:40

Band members
Tyrannic Profanator – vocals
Infectious Torment – guitars
Vulgargoat – guitars, backing vocals
Deathbed – bass
Kyle – drums