Lectern – Deheadment For Betrayal

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Via Nocturna
Released: 2018
Buy Album: http://vianocturna.com/lectern-deheadment-for-betrayal-cd-p-1238.html
Band website: https://www.facebook.com/lectern666

Band line-up:

Fabio Bava / Vocals, Bass
Marco Valentine / Drums
Pietro Sabato / Guitars
Gabriele Cruz / Guitars


1. Deheadment for Betrayal
2. Placid Must Defunct
3. Daedal of Thy Wrath Unchrist Altar
4. Provvid as Gemel Confessors
5. Leals Shalt Kill
6. Perturb in Lamb Thronal
7. Dogmatician of Predicator
8. Pamphlet Spawn at Gelid Crypt Satan


Italian-based Lectern is not new to the death metal scene. They started in 1999 (altough they released nothing after their first EP until 2010), and they became active in the last 3 years, releasing full-length albums in 2015, 2016 and this year. Their music is pure death metal: we don’t need to add anything extra to their genre, it is what it is, and what this whole genre is meant to be. So let’s see what ‘Deheadment for Betrayal’ has for the listeners.

The album is coming in CD format (jewel case) and the first thing that catches the eye is the cover art. It is truly beautiful and by this I do not mean in an artisan way, but in a death metal way. This is exactly what I was looking for when I fell in love with the genre. Distorted logo in red, a colorful picture of demons torturing and beheading humans, destroyed buildings in the background… If you are into extreme metal you know what you are going to get.

And as you press play you’ll get exactly what you thought. Proper death metal. 8 songs, more than 42 minutes of brutality. No mercy. No clean vocals or clean guitars. Just violent music which makes you bang your head and destroy things.

The production is brilliant, everything is well balanced and sounds fantastic.

Lectern is an amazing band with musicians who’ve mastered their instruments. However, they haven’t been able to do the hardest task in this genre (every metal genre to be accurate): to come up with something new or exciting. And this is the only  negative thing about ‘Deheadment for Betrayal’. I enjoyed listening to it a few times, I am sure I will play it more in the next weeks, but I doubt I am going to remember it in 10 years’ time. Still, I would like to catch the guys live.

Review by Gabor Csete