Rating : 4.5/5
Label/Distributor: Exorcize Music
Label/Distributor URL: https://www.facebook.com/exorcizemusic/
Buy Album: https://goldenpyre.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://facebook.com/goldenpyre
Caneco – Bass
Ricardo Veiga – Drums
Ricardo Coutinho – Guitars
Tiago Veiga – Guitars
Fred – Vocals
1. Collapse Of Empirical Foundations
2. Winds Of Pestilence
3. A Crown For Decadence
5. Meant To Suffer
6. Last Paroxysm
7. Yod Sabboath
8. Deluge Of Fire
Portugal’s Goldenpyre are survivors, that is for sure. They have been around for 20 years, and have overcome much hardship and personal tragedy to finally unleash upon the world “In Eminent Disgrace”, their incendiary debut full length. They have spent many years honing their craft, and have toured with the likes of Suffocation and Nile. They suffered a tremendous setback when vocalist Jarder passed away in 2009, and the band disappeared into the shadows to regroup. Now the time is right, and they are back. They have given us something that was well worth waiting for.
The dense (as in like a planet) and heavy “Collapse of Empirical Foundations” opens proceedings. Its riffing is simplistic, but the delivery is subtly technical, underpinned with a syncopated rage which is indescribable. They follow this up with “Winds Of Pestilence”, a torrent of putrefyingly ugly tunefulness, and the punishing grooves of “A Crown For Decadence”, which just grinds the listener underfoot; nightmarish stuff!
The aptly titled “Suffocation” is next; like being in the path of a tidal wave. You know that death is imminent, but it is darkly desirable. “Meant to Suffer” is a festering boil of a track; dizzying and nauseatingly vicious, and “Last Paroxysm” is a militaristic war machine – like armies marching into a carnal, bloody crusade. A perverse battle hymn.
The Lovecraftian cataclysm “Yod Sabboath” ensues next, and it grunts and heaves like a rutting rhino until you are gored senseless. “Deluge Of Fire” closes the album like an embolism of fetid air making its way towards the heart.
It is abundantly clear that Goldenpyre have spent years acuminating their sound to a fine edge. The crunching guitars twist into rotten melodies and noxious harmonies (akin to US deathsters Drawn And Quartered) and grooves the size of the Grand Canyon. They are not a band that rely on velocity to get their savage point across; indeed this is Death Metal very much of the mid-paced variety. The album benefits greatly from the superb production job. The vocals are comparable to a man with a hornets nest in his underpants. A captivatingly malevolent masterpiece.