Apophys – Devoratis

Rating: 4.5/5
Ultimate Massacre Production
Distributor/Labe URL: https://www.ultimatemassacre.com/
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://ultimatemassacreproductions.bandcamp.com/album/devoratis
Band Website: http://apophys.nl/

Band line-up:

Kevin Quilligan – Vocals
Michiel van der Plicht – Drums
Sanne van Dijk – Guitar
Dave Meester – Guitar
Sid van Kastel – Bass


01. Children Of The Stars
02. The Verdict
03. Xiux – The Parasite
04. Matters Unresolved
05. Deadlock
06. Respite (Interlude)
07. What We Will Be
08. Retaliate
09. Occasus


“Devoratis” is the second album of the Dutch death metal quintet, Apophys. The band itself featurs members of God Dethroned and Toxacar, and they’ve shared the stage before with bands like Vader, Hate Eternal, Dying Fetus, Misery Index and Cattle Decapitation.

The album (a concept album) is based on a science fiction story written by the vocalist Kevin Quilligan. It is about an unlikely union of two forces against an intergalactic race, led by a zealous leader known as Consul. I am not going to tell you more about the story, you’ll just have to listen to “Devoratis”.

Here I have to tell you the only negative thing about the record, and it’s the cover. I just don’t like it (although the alien character reminds me a bit of Abe from the Oddword series) and I don’t even like the logo of the band. Seriously though, this is the one and only negative thing about the whole effort.

As soon as the album starts, you can hear that the sound and the whole production is amazing. Everything sounds awesome and the vocals are as brutal as they have to be. There are clean vocals (from a female maybe?) and whispering to make the vocal range wider and the songs deeper. As you listen to more and more songs you’ll obviously realise that this is technical death metal. But not too technical, so it’s still organic. However, it’s technical enough not to be boring.  The structures of the songs are brilliant and because of this, the whole album is really catchy. It is a quite enjoyable album. Thunderous blasts, killer riffs, brutal vocals and amazing production. What else do you need? Everybody who likes death metal will dig this album and I even risk saying that this could be a good starter for people who aren’t really familiar with the genre.

I will keep listening to “Devoratis” and I will get the debut album from Apophys for sure. As I heard the album in 2017 it’s made it to my top ten death metal records for this year, but seeing as it comes out next year it sets the bar high for 2018.

Review by Gabor Csete