Band Line-up- Hand of Doom – vocals
Black String – guitars
Ratwing – drums
01. Orexis (03:02)
02. Howl From The Coffin (04:01)
03. At Midnight I’ll Possess Your Corpse (02:43)
04. Ungodly Warlock (03:50)
05. The Bestial Abyss (05:41)
06. Black Deserts (02:57)
07. Jaws Of The Unknown (02:50)
08. The Fen (04:46)
09. Cellar Grave Vampire (03:08)
10. Under The Grudge (04:09)
The metal scene is a chapel these days, full of mainly European youngsters desperate to pay homage to their 80s and early 90s idols of blasphemy. Unfortunately, as many religious people are sheep, many bands nowadays are just hollow replicas of what has come before them. What separates these boys however is their undeniable conviction and interesting Transylvanian themes. Forget zombies and nuclear war, the fangs have been sharpened, and blood is about to drawn!
First track “Orexis” jumps in with a crunchy guitar attack that just stings of mid-late 80s death metal, and warped reverby vocals similar to what we have heard recently from Necrowretch and Morbus Chron to name just a two. “Howl From the Coffin” has a Darkthrone style groove to it, no wonder Fenriz approved this band as his “Band of the Week!” Tom G Warrior style “ooh!” s don’t seem out of place here at all, and just add to the bite of the relentless drumming and punky guitar riffs.
The opening chuggs of “At Midnight I’ll Possess Your Corpse” certainly ring out reminiscent of Cannibal Corpse, but the thrashy blast beat and simplistic chorus is certainly bound to please fans of early Death. “Ungodly Warlock” offers catchy guitar melody and a variation in drum beat which is very most welcome by the time we have come to track 4 of this all out attack! “Black Deserts” offers a twin lead intro which is obviously a sinister homage to Iron Maiden, but things go straight back to the early death metal sound very quickly. It would have done no harm in adding more variety to the songwriting here, old school 4/4 blast beats are all well and good, but in 2014, I believe that many more open minded music fans would prefer to see more musical depths lurking amongst these ten tracks.
Despite the slightly plaguing monotony, nobody can deny this band’s youthful conviction, and although I found myself a little unsatisfied after this record was over, I’m sure I’ll be coming back for more from Dracula’s new favourite metal band.
Review by Jarod Lawley