CRUCIAMENTUM “Engulfed In Desolation”

Release Date: November, 2011
Label: Nuclear Winter Records

With this and that, we somehow forgot the death metal we loved in the old times, especially the one coming from the States. The old bands at some point lost their track (call me MORBID ANGEL i.e.) and the new ones spend their creativity between super-technical approaches and groove or blatant hardcore mixtures.

I don’t know if it’s some kind of irony that those who come to save the game (partly at least) are four men from England, under the name CRUCIAMENTUM. Uniting their forces with those of mighty Hellenic label Nuclear Winter and after introducing themselves to us with the 3-year ago “Convocation…” demo (also re-released recently in CD/LP by NW), the British here deposit on the most refreshing views for contemporary death metal. More specifically, they endorse double guitar attacks while renouncing any kind of so-called groove (to be exact, they demand the listener’s attention to the constant changes of rhythm) and build their tracks around a basis of an inexorable atomosphere, similar to the one created once upon a time by Azag-thoth and his mates.

With “Unsanctified Temples” closing the record in grandeur, the major thing one realizes, is that the almost 25 minutes of “Engulfed In Desolation” are too short of a time. Luckily for us, the band looks on fire so we can expect their next offering soon enough. Until then, press “repeat” and AGHIOS O DIAOLOS!

~ by antifleshnimbus on January 28, 2012.

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