Few could argue that the current Italian extreme metal scene is in poor health. Synthesizing a mixture of brutality and technicality to topple all manner of Renaissance genius, a cornucopia of bands have thundered from the woodwork in the last decade or so to propagate their brand of air-tight demolition. That said, as much as I love a good aural beating, I also require a pinch of musicality to help differentiate from the faceless hordes. Hideous Divinity, a band whose lineup includes current and former members of Aborted and Hour of Penance, have occasionally toed a fine line for me; I enjoyed their previous, and much lauded, release Cobra Verde quite a bit, but periodically found myself suffering through what felt like extremity for extremity’s sake. Now, third long-player Adveniens descends to crush its prey under atomic weight and perhaps even improve upon the carnage left in its predecessor’s wake.

I’ll cut to the chase – Adveniens is now the definitive record in Hideous Divinity‘s, albeit brief, discography. It consistently and insistently betters its siblings with improved songwriting and notable growth. While still laser-like in its delivery, the material now wields a distinctly malign intensity, which deftly underpins the rigid heaviness. “Ages Die” blasts the storm doors with a battering salvo of brutal death metal before slipping into some exotic chord progressions that would make Nile proud. It’s in the song’s last act that it finds its peak, dropping the sheer speed for undulating trem-picked sequences and flirting with an Eastern atmosphere. It seems that a band reap their most creative rewards when they begin exploring alternative pacing – something Adveniens subtly experiments with. While still undeniably merciless, the sporadic flourishes of more deliberate riff work firmly etch the songs into memory.

“Sub Specie Aeternitatis” brazenly scatters moments of intermittent blunt force into its propulsive framework. Guitarist and band stalwart Enrico Schettino even manages to splice an off-kilter, alien solo, whose ultrasonics are sure to alert slumbering Bob Vignas the world over. While “Passages” sports the record’s most headbangable riffs with percussive gallops worryingly vice-like in their grip, not every song is so distinct. The real question here is one of immediacy – “Angel of Revolution” is monstrous, but is obscured by the charisma of a song like “When Flesh Unfolds,” which opts for surgical precision and Adveniens‘ most indelible chorus. Vocalist Enrico H. Di Lorenzo infiltrates the record with a broad, dry bark, but it’s his use of a more gruesome higher pitch that serves the material well, rasping the track’s refrain over hugely rhythmic vocal patterns. Unfortunately, when one song has been so engineered for memorability, it can’t help but overshadow the denser cuts, despite them being qualitatively equal. Speaking of qualitative, the record’s final moment, Sinister‘s “Embodiment of Chaos,” feels somewhat extraneous – a good cover of a great song by a legendary band, but its inclusion in the main track listing, rather than as a bonus feature, comes off feeling surplus to requirements. Particularly as “Future in Red” is such a natural closer, compounding the end of the album with a pinnacle of moody tremolos, hive-like and swarming, in their final throes.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by one Stefano Morabito, Adveniens is, unsurprisingly, gravitational in its compression. Although expected, it’s always a shame when such well executed music is denied the opportunity to be so deservedly enhanced by airier dynamics. The only real benefit of the fatigue fiend is Giulio Galati’s drumming, which effortlessly builds a percussive foundation that swells through any gap left by the guitars, with runs and fills aplenty. His continuous terrorizing of the kick drum demands each song progress, providing more than just a bonding agent for the riffs.

Hideous Divinity are a band of gluttons, voraciously gorging on silence and replacing every mute morsel with a ravenous tumult. Insatiable in its appetites and never satisfied with pre-established boundaries, Adveniens represents a new milestone for the band. Despite some tracks standing taller than others, each are abjectly terrifying and, perhaps for the first time, Hideous Divinity is now a whole greater than the sum of its parts. If you are an individual that prefers their music skull-faced and grimacing, with a body bloated with riffs, then make sure to give Adveniens the acknowledgement it deserves, before its thick corpulence darkens the sun.


Rating: 4.0/5.0
DR: 4 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Unique Leader Records
Websites: facebook.com/hideousdivinity
Releases Worldwide: April 28th, 2017

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  • Aesir

    That is one sick guitar tone. 2:30 sold me.
    The nonstop blasting gets old though. Like early Fleshgod. Ease up a little.

    • It’s ULR. I expect nothing less at this point. They like a certain sound and stick with it.

      • Jrod1983

        You got that right. As much as I enjoy quite a few bands on their roster, these guys being one of the better ones, I really wish they wouldn’t smash the shit out of the music.

        With that being said the embedded track kicks ass, some really solid brutality.

        • As always, I will get a chance.

    • Kronos

      This is the main reason I don’t like most Italian death metal.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Nonstop blasting?

        • Aesir

          It’s excessive.

          • John

            I find it annoying as well.

          • John Mosley

            Mussolini was excessive

          • You wot m8?

            I find that, rather than just disliking it, I simply have to listen to it in the right setting or mood. So while yes, the non-stop blasting may limit when I find music listenable, sometimes it is exactly what I need.

      • Ferrous Beuller

        Seems we’re a bit parallel that way. Although I couldn’t get on with the Antropofagus, either –
        basic death metal bitch that I am.

      • Felchmeister777

        Early Sadist is far more interesting than this shite. At least they were attempting something pretty unique & distinctive…

  • Spawn! I win.

    • Ferrous Beuller

      Prawn?

      • John Mosley

        Prawn of Possession

        • Ferrous Beuller

          I’d listen to that.

        • GWW

          I like mine with Cocktail sauce!

  • Sean Sky

    A rare DR4 makes an appearance

    • Frost15

      Let’s hope there is a dedicated vinyl master like last year’s Ulcerate. Anyway this is one of those records in which compression could be actually enjoyable to a certain degree, brutality benefits from it.

      • ssorg

        Wait, Shrines of Paralysis has a dedicated vinyl master that… sounds good??? Can you confirm plz???

        • Frost15

          I confirm. The vinyl master is excellent, DR:11 Mixed and mastered by their beast drummer, J Saint Merat himself.

          • That DR11 is not right. That’s probably from a needle drop which you can’t use. My guess is Merat’s master is quite compressed from what I remember.

          • Frost15

            You are right about the needle drop, but I assure you it’s way better than the CD master, I have both as flac files and the vinyl one is definitely less compressed.

          • Good to know!

          • ssorg

            I’m sorry to say I think Mr. Merat should stick to drumming (and album art, and songwriting, etc etc). I feel like Ulcerate is exactly the sort of death metal that would do well with great production. The sheer detail in the drumming demands better resolution and dynamics in the mix/master

      • Sean Sky

        To a degree, yes. There’s a definite difference between dense and crushed, of course. The most recent records by Ulcerate and The Great Old Ones I found were both crushed (I haven’t heard the vinyl for Ulcerate).

      • Felchmeister777

        Man…with respect, your posts here depress me a little. Kind of illustrates one of the biggest issues with music at the moment. This obsessive preoccupation with production/recordings. The fact that this is extremely generic death metal barely even seems to factor into things. It’s like the music itself is an afterthought…

        Reminds me of that band Fallujah. People became obsessed with the recording of their debut to genuinely autistic levels.

        Reminds me of those video game comparison videos where they have PS4/Xbox/PC gameplay running side by side and they almost literally look identical, yet you get these outspoken fucking weirdos creaming their pants about the level of detail in the foliage etc etc…

        Genuinely sad state of affairs we’re in here…

        • Frost15

          No need to worry sir. I’m able to enjoy good music, well produced or not. I listen to a wide variety of genres and I’m not that obsessed about recording. Actually my library is mostly CD’s with “less than optimal” masters imho. That should not make all of us, as music lovers, look the other way instead of facing a serious problem called loudness. I’m genuinely preoccupied about nowadays production because it makes music loud to the point of being fatiguing to many of us. This is an easily provable fact: http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1d53c0e67a6678a059845510e2750a85cb2e776051a74364c1e337275e77bc2d.gif
          Like it or not, but this is a serious problem and we love when bands avoid it at least in one master. (even if it’s not entirely fair as I mentioned earlier)
          In the late 80’s you could go to the record shop and get a good dynamic cd 99% of the time, nowadays… well… see for yourself

          • Felchmeister777

            Cool, I respect the fact you seem to know your stuff. I certainly don’t. I guess it’s just never bothered me. I loved so much ‘horribly’ produced metal back in the 90’s that for me it’s just all part of the atmosphere.

            In fact, invariably, the cleaner the production the less chance there is I can drift off to the music. So many really cool albums are hindered by having no atmosphere. Off the top of my head, latter day Enslaved are a good example. When I close my eyes listening to their music I basically see four guys in a studio. That’s all I’m hearing. Whereas, when I used to listen to Eld I’d be soaring over mountains etc etc.

            But hey, the above is pretty subjective, I appreciate that..

          • Frost15

            Hah! It’s funny that you mention Enslaved, posibly my favourite band (I own their whole discography right now). I got into them thanks to their later albums actually, then I started to revisit their origins and I feel what you say about Eld, yet I’m still able to feel it when I listen to RIITIIR and Axioma Ethica Odini. I don’t know… There are a lot of different aspects about production anyway, and many of them are very subjective. The one that worries me the most is loudness and compression though…

        • Frost15

          And I respect your opinion, but this “generic death metal” album is excellent, better than most death metal albums I’ve heard in recent years. Last year Wormed’s “krighsu” was my favourite by far. Like a poster in youtube said, this album “is what every deathcore band dreams of and fails to achieve”.Have a good day sir.

          • Felchmeister777

            Cool, fair enough. I guess I switch of whenever I hear ‘tech death’. I find it completely soulless & unlistenable unfortunately…

          • GWW

            So, have you even heard the newest Obscura and Gorod? Revocation? Soulless and unlistenable? Are you nuts? You don’t even seem to like any metal. Aren’t you really just a troll?

    • You wot m8?

      Perhaps the even rarer appearance of an album with the same DR and score…

      • Grymm

        Tetragrammacide’s infamous 0 DR was also a 0.0 review.

        • You wot m8?

          Wait, that abortion was a DR 0?

          Fuck.

    • Frost15

      Good news guys! It seems the album has a dedicated vinyl master! I asked the label about it and this is what they told me:
      “hi Javi! yes the vinyl and the CD have 2 different masters to make them a unique listening experience! if you want further info you better ask Tito (HD manager)”. Of course I went on and asked the HD manager about the vinyl master details, but it’s a fact its dedicated and different! Awesome! As soon as I receive the details I will be ordering the LP+shirt bundle for sure

      • Sean Sky

        Interesting. Still, it’s kind of annoying at times when there are multiple versions of records and you feel like you’re missing out by not hearing the “definitive version” in a sense.

        • Frost15

          Absolutely agree with you there. I think the fair thing should be to get a digital version of what you are missing if you buy “the other version”. An example of this nicely done is Terrorizer’s World Downfall Full Dynamics reissue. If you bought the cd version you got were getting a flac download of the FDR version as well. That’s what every label or band should do.

          • Sean Sky

            In a perfect world… Granted I don’t have much room to complain since I was a notorious scurvy pirate for many years (argh). I do most of my listening through Spotify these days so at least some bands are probably getting a few pennies from my listens, right? =O

        • Here’s a wild idea: All formats of the album should have the best mix!

          • Sean Sky

            Best is subjective and depends on other factors, though. What’s the best mix for audiophiles with hi-fi setups? What’s the best mix for playing on the radio or in the car? What’s the best mix for playing at a party in a loud area? What’s gonna sound good on vinyl? What’s gonna sound good compressed for mp3?

            I’m not an audio engineer but it’s my feeling that these things all come into play when this stuff is being done. It’s probably not so black and white.

      • Still need more details. “Dedicated” != “Dynamic”

        • Frost15

          I got the answer from Tito, the HD manager:
          “Hi Javi! Thanks for writing me!
          Both CD and Vinyl have two different masters specifically done to enhance the peculiar aspects of CD and LP. When we’ve been in the 16th cellar studio in Rome (I’ve been there with the guys personally) we worked on two different master so yes you will find a different dynamic the LP, working very well also on some of the most “atmospheric” moments. I can’t say what’s better, we tested both CD and LP and they work perfect for their specific support, so ultimately you can definitely choose your favorite format and you will not be disappointed! ;) ”
          I have ordered the LP+shirt bundle. As soon as I receive it I will comment on the master!

        • Frost15

          Good news. I received the vinyl today and its master is definitely more dynamic and way less fatiguing. I measured its DR with TT Meter and I got a nice 10. Then I did an “ear test” and there was no doubt, the vinyl master is superior by far. Truth be told, the CD master is not really hard to beat, since it’s compressed to hell haha. Just look at this comparison and guess which is the vinyl master hahaha!
          http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/448f63ed0f81ddb21a0d42f45c6302314662c0e083be358f9b4d7d57b2692a06.jpg
          This album is excellent musically speaking anyway. This review nailed it.

  • Handy Donut Hole

    Just what I needed for my lunch break. Now to go back and angrily yell at my employees.

  • Thatguy

    Thanks. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this.

  • Zach Ward

    That artwork is quite the opposite of Hideous.

    • You wot m8?

      Probably the best album art I’ve seen in a while.

      Seriously… Damn.

  • Chris

    Great review,and I totally agree. This is one serious ass-kicker of a record.

  • mtlman1990

    I just cant seem to find metal bands from Italy that I like.

    • You wot m8?

      I’ve said much the same in the past. With a few really good exceptions, Italy really has very little going on in the metalsphere.

      • herrschobel

        italy has very little going on in almost every ‘sphere’ … a country that completely lost it´s cultural impact in the 70s …

    • MasterCastle is a band I’ve enjoyed since their first album. Very melodic old-school heavy metal with a few modern streaks. Both the band’s guitarist and the band’s singer add considerably to the unique personality of their sound.
      I don’t see them ever growing beyond obscure status though, but for what it’s worth; they’re one of my personal favourites.

    • Felchmeister777

      Give Sadist a try. Their early/mid period stuff is pretty interesting death metal, with plenty of technical quirks, creative keyboards and some awesome ‘bubbly’ bass playing. Pretty eclectic band…

  • Eli Valcik

    Hey it’s the grim reaper from Hellboy.

  • Eli Valcik

    It’s nice finding death metal that I actually enjoy. I don’t dislike death metal but in general the genera feels too clean, too scripted and too predictable, if that makes any sense. This is coming from a black metal fan also.

    • Diego Molero

      I was going to point you to Venenum, but I checked the review on this site and you already heard it and like it, so it’s all good.

      • Eli Valcik

        haha, it’s funny that you saw my post back on that review. I like the occasional death metal band and if you saw my comment you know that I really enjoy Venenum. But it’s popular death metal like Aeternam and Septic Flesh while both recognizably good bands I just cant seem to like them.

        • Diego Molero

          Yeah, I was going to told you, but I decide to check the Venenum review and see if you posted something, as you did. And good thing you liked Venenum, ’cause it’s freaking awesome. I have never really give Septic Flesh a proper listen, and as for Aeternam, I don’t know how “popular” they are, because it’s the first time I see that name hahah; seems like I have some reaserch to do.

          • Eli Valcik

            “Popular” was a poor choice of words on my part. I guess a better word would just be good. But those were just two examples I pulled out of my head. Most of the 3.5-4.5 death metal albums on this site weren’t really my cup of tea. Of course there are exceptions, like I really enjoy some tech death and brutal from time to time (I fucking love Cryptopsy.) Unlike black metal I guess I’m just really picky when it comes to death.

          • drug_genosh

            new blood incantation?

          • Eli Valcik

            The production was a bit weird but I still found some parts I liked.

          • Diego Molero

            Ohh, that’s a totally different thing hahah. But I get your point, I’m just the opposite, I’m really picky when it comes to black metal actually. I generally like my black metal with folk, melodic or symphonic influences, when it comes to traditional black metal I’m not the biggest fan.

          • Eli Valcik

            That is funny. I was raised by bands like Windir, Immortal, Dark throne ect, so true or folk, I’ve found that I can like any style of black metal. Provided the band is halfway decent of course.

          • Diego Molero

            I love Windir, but for example Darkthrone, I can’t seem to be able to get into them. I like quite a lot of black metal honestly, just not the “trve” kind.

    • beurbs

      Hey how bout the new Immolation?

      • Eli Valcik

        That one was a weird one for me I kinda liked it but it never stuck around in my playlist. But I know if I invested some more time into listening to it, the album would definitely grow on me.

    • Felchmeister777

      Trust me, you can find ALL the death metal you could ever need just from releases throughout the 90’s. Honestly, there’s very, very little around these days that wasn’t done significantly better 15-20 years ago.

      Modern day death metal like the shit above is just soulless…

      • My favourite DM bands has to be Nile, so I can’t claim to be more of a fan of 90’s Death Metal.

        • Felchmeister777

          Fair enough.

          Although…technically…they recorded their best album (IMO) in the 90’s… ;)

          • I still don’t own their first album, so we will see what I think when I get there!
            My favourite Nile album so far is not exactly the typical fan choice. At the Gates of Sethu is my pick.

          • Felchmeister777

            Ahh I was going for Black Seeds actually…released in 2000…!

      • Eli Valcik

        A decent amount of the death metal I listen to is the older stuff. I like the more brutal feel and it’s more similar to the black metal I listen to.

      • Frost15

        I love 90s death metal. I still listen to Altars of Madness, Nespithe, early napalm death, Indecent and Obscene and such stuff, but I find this album enjoyable too

        • Felchmeister777

          Fair play. Out of interest, were you into those albums around the time they were released?

          • Frost15

            I wish I was!, but I was just a lil kid back then sadly, actually I got into metal in my 15s… Then I went deeper and deeper and now you could say I’m a metal encyclopedia haha I love metal to death. I also like jazz, classic rock and classical music. I guess one thing I share with you is the love for the 70s and 80s music.

      • GWW

        Nonsense. It’s utter nonsense. I*f you think metal has not progressed or anything new isn’t being since the 90s, you are INCORRECT. Factually, incorrect. Maybe you should stop talking about things you know nothing about.

        • Felchmeister777

          Jeez, I’ve really moistened your vagina haven’t I?

          Fantastic…

  • Serjien

    Death metal isnt my cup of tea, but this one got my attention!

  • John Mosley

    That’s a spicy meat-a-ball..

  • beurbs

    At work I was playing Defenders of the Faith on vinyl, the last thing I heard before this. Upon clicking this it sounded so bad I had to keep lowering the volume until it was inaudible, then back up but only to minimum necessary volume so it sounds weak now. Do people even listen to their own records before they put them out, or did that idea die in 1988?

    • It is a pretty frustrating situation. I’m no audiophile, but the horrendous mastering on so much metal these days could make an anal retentive nitpicker out of anyone with a pair of ears.

  • Gelhoth

    Their bassist makes some kick-ass bass covers on his youtube channel. Stephen Mageddon, look it up.

  • Matt McMadden

    I actually think this album is pretty great. There’s definitely enough variety for me when it comes to the riff work. Easily their best album. In fact, I’d say they’ve risen to the top when it comes to this particular style. Certainly better than Hour of Penance or Fleshgod Apocalypse. Iceland’s Beneath might give ’em a run for their money though.

    • AndySynn

      Ah, Beneath… never get enough credit/attention.

      • Matt McMadden

        They have a new one coming out this summer.

    • Rodrigo Soto

      Better than Fleshgod Apocalypse? Hold your horses dude.

      • Matt McMadden

        I liked Oracles, but everything afterwards has bored me.

        • Rodrigo Soto

          Listen to Mafia and King again. They’re really good.

  • Atorc Hellbard

    Haven’t heard this band but man that is one cool album cover.

  • I think I’m getting old. This is a little too busy and noisy for me. I just spent the last hour binging on Rickie Lee Jones for christssakes.

    Honestly though, am I the only 35 year old metalhead in here who is feeling like this constant pummeling is a bit migraine inducing? Not that I’m tiring of metal in general – the new Crystal Viper album is all sorts of amazing! (not that you plebs on this blog understood that, with your 2,5 or 3,5 rating for this masterpiece, but whatever man!) ;)

    EDIT: it was 3.0. I’m entirely too entertained by the album to agree with that!

    • Felchmeister777

      To be honest, I don’t know how any metalhead over thirty can be satisfied with the scene these days.

      Of course there are always exceptions, but if you’re like me in any way then you’re getting pretty damn sick of hearing the same kind of riffs/structures that had already been done to death by the early 2000’s…

      • It is really hard for me to find new metal bands that I think are interesting, but it does happen. Finding new, worthwhile extreme metal is the hardest of all. So much of it sounds the same to me, musically speaking, so perhaps you’re right.

        I’m not going to be one of those old geezers that insist that music used to be better though. I may have difficulties finding new metal bands to add to my record shelf, but I’m buying lot’s of brand new music in other genres that simply amazes me.

        TL;DR: I think new music is doing absolutely great as a whole, but metal, especially extreme metal, seems to be a sort of stale scene to me. I’m particularly bored with one-note growlers – which is what you will get in 9/10 new bands, it seems.

        • Felchmeister777

          Indeed, there’s always interesting new music to be found. Just gets progressively harder wading through all the crap I supppse.

          Metal is indeed in a bit of a rut. But, as I’ve bemoaned elsewhere here recently, peoples’ standards simply aren’t high enough. Most people are happy hearing the same old shit for the thousandth time.

          Such is life…

          • GWW

            Bullshit. Stick your comments about MOST PEOPLE up your ass because you don’t know most people. If it is all so bad for you, go ahead on and take a high jump to a hard landing. Youy know, FOFF! Fucking whiner.

          • Felchmeister777

            Most people are cunts. You are a prime example of that.

            You angry little jerkoff…

          • GWW

            Still whining, little millenial baby. Do i have to remind you you do not know most people so STFU about them. You are a whiner and a little baby douchebag that never did anything and knows nothing.

          • Felchmeister777

            Think it’s pretty clear I’m a fair bit older than you. Pretty clear given that you’re an angry little pissflap, not to mention you’re semi-literate & use insults like ‘douchebag’…

            …& appear to have a pretty shit taste in music.

            Now cunt off, you’re not remotely interesting on any level…

          • GWW

            I don’t get you. 2016 was one of the greatest years for metal and 2017 is following just as good, maybe even more eclectic and you are whining about no good metal. What exactly IS your problem?

          • Felchmeister777

            I’ve stressed numerous times that I’m generalising. There ARE exceptions.

            Sweet lord…

          • GWW

            What i have seen you do is refer to MOST people are cunts and MOST people are happy to listen to the same thing (that may be awesome and that they love!) a 1000th time, whine moan…i can’t find good music…and i am trying to tell you you do not KNOW most people, have no clue what they listen to 1000 times, whether they are cunts or not…you don’t know, so you should shut up. That is good advice. If you don’t what the hell you are talking about, DON’T. Get it? You aren’t clairvoyant or omniscient or omnipresent and do not know most people, if anyone at all!

          • Felchmeister777

            Shut your tits…

          • GWW

            The generalizing is the problem. Your claim that metal bands don’t seem to be interested in…or people aren’t discerning, or most people are cunts is a lot of nonsense. If you know something particularly, then you can speak on it, otherwise, maybe you should keep your trap shut about people and bands you do not know.

          • Keep it friendly or we delete the comments. Keep it up and we do a site ban.

          • Felchmeister777

            Would have been nice if you’d considered the context. But fair enough, ‘noted’…

          • I saw the whole argument. We’re all about comments and debate but we aren’t about name calling and hostility here.

          • Felchmeister777

            Well this GWW idiot got a little personal. However, I shouldn’t have lowered myself to call him out on being so juvenile.

            My apologies anyway. Cheers…

          • I said no name calling!

          • Felchmeister777

            Ahhh c’mon! Technicality…

            Ban me if you must, it’s cool…

      • GWW

        Exactly what “scene” are you talking about? There are thousands of bands from over 100 countries playing metal. A scene!? WTF is that?
        Do you expect something you like to jump into your lap all the time? And what the hell is wrong with an audiophile approach to listening to music. I despise Darkthrone and all that shitty tinny first or second wave but love all sorts of BM. I also think the classical fanatics that espouse mono recordings of “Spectacuar” performances of pieces you can find 100 stereo versions of, ridiculous. The sad state of affairs is negative asshole metalheads with their “opinions” on the Sad Scene or whatever the fuck. Metal music is as excellent and as diverse now as it ever has been.

        • Felchmeister777

          Nah. There’s simply too much music these days. Quality control has taken a nosedive. On the plus side, it’s given many artists an outlet they’d never normally have of course. Every cloud…

          Fact remains, there’s far too much mediocrity these days. The quality is still out there but it’s increasingly diluted by endless, uninspired shit…

          Your opinion is valid. Just indicates you’re either relatively new to metal, or you’re too easily pleased…

          Ps. By ‘scene’ I meant ‘genre’. Calm your tits…

          • GWW

            You are lazy and full of shit. Here are some 2017 records that crush: Atonement-Immolation, Appalling Ascension-The Ominous Circle, Grimen-Gloson, Holokauston-Bestia Arcana, Heartless-Pallbearer, II: Morphosis-Lantern, In Extremis-Azarath, Obsidian Arc-Pillorian, Sacrosanct-Epoch, Temple of the Adversarial Fire-Shaarimoth, The Circle-Heretoir, Terra Damnata-Nightbringer, Trance of Death-Venenum, Urracas-Sunless, Seaweed-Demonic Death Judge. Maybe try some of these on and then whine about the Metal Scene sucks, whiner.

          • Frost15

            No need to get that aggressive, but I agree there is excellent metal being released every year. I feel that Felchmeister777 concerns are valid too though. We live in a world of mainstream mediocrity…

          • GWW

            With the zillions of options, the freedom, the opportunities out there, whining about the “metal scene” is something that elicits bile in me. I hate people that whine about such things and are too lazy to listen for free at Bandcamp or whatever, to seek out exciting new music. I am almost 55 and have been metal since Black Sabbath and Judas Priest began playing it and i have hardly ever been more excited about Metal than recently.

          • Guys, keep it civil of the comments will get deleted.

          • GWW

            Whining about too much music now. Jeeez. You are a relentless whiner. Too many options!? Too much music!? I am too easily pleased!? NO, the truth is, you too easily shoot your mouth off in outrageous and false ways. Rather than mediocrity growing and endless diluted SHIT, as a musician, i see metal always progressing, beyond root/fifth power chords and 4/4 time. Innovation continues. There is more quality out there than ever before. Your problem is, you are just plain WRONG!

        • This is all well and good, but refrain from the name calling and hostility. We avoid that on this site. If you cannot do so, your IP address will get blocked.

  • rumour_control

    “…voraciously gorging on silence and replacing every mute morsel with a ravenous tumult.” — Great passage.

  • Felchmeister777

    As much as I try, I just can’t listen to this kind of stuff anymore. It’s just waaaay too familiar. Like ridiculously so…

    Seems that most metal bands don’t even make an effort to try and sound distinctive or do anything original. Every single component of that embedded track has been done to death. Vocals, production, drum patterns, riffs…absolutely NONE of it sounds interesting…

    People need to be less forgiving. I appreciate it’s in the best interests of the staff at metal sites to promote and celebrate the genre, but I can’t help but long for the day when people are a little more discerning…

    • Ferrous Beuller

      Absolutely no one here cares what score I allocate an album, it is literally just my own, over 30 opinion. As for “discerning”, I appreciated how much growth this album achieved from the last, and I like their sound – but it’s not what I would ever call original. I think it’s simply a case of horses for courses. I hope you stick around these parts and find something more to your liking soon.

    • GWW

      Still whining i see. If folks like old school death metal, that is their business. If something is done well, catchy, makes you bang your head and people like it, than they like it and don’t need or ask for your opinion.

      • herrschobel

        isn´t that the purpose of a forum like this ? that users give their perspective ? we could also just turn off the comment section. So no one imposes his or her opinion on you by simply stating it. So be nice and enjoy the music while Mr. Felchmeister doesn´t. I also can´t quite relate to the score. The music is ok …but ‘Great’ ? I mean ‘Great’ ??? has ‘Great’ lost it´s meaning in inflationary times like these ?

  • h_f_m

    I do like it, but then I get part way through and ask myself why I just don’t listen to Scepter of the Ancients again. Of course I could ask myself that for a lot of albums.

  • Nick Wallis

    Im not sure why you’d give these guys a 4/5 when they sound just like the Faceless and countless other bands out there….I heard no real definition here…Maybe its me?