Heaving Earth – Diabolic Prophecies

Rating: 3.5/5
Label/Distributor: Redrum 666
Label/Distributor URL: http://www.redrum666.net/
Released: 2010
Buy Album:
https://heavingearth.bandcamp.com/album/diabolic-prophecies
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heaving-Earth/174011709288245

Band Line Up

Jirka “Jurgen” Zagic – Drums
Tomáš Halama – Guitars/Bass
Patrik Šnóbl – Guitars/Bass
Michal “Sepp” Kusak – Vocals

Album Track Listing
  1. Serpents Domination
  2. Beyond the Void
  3. Seething Fragments
  4. Atavistic Revelation
  5. The Shrine of Desolation
  6. Humanity Exiled
  7. Disciples of Obscurity
  8. Hideous Idolatry Violation
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Review

The vicious and vile soul of the Czech Metal scene is there for all to behold. From veterans like Krabathor to relative newcomers like Heaving Earth, it is abundantly clear that there is something in the water. This is a reissue of Heaving Earth’s 2010 debut album, as well as their “Vision of the Vultures” demo.

From the outset, it is clear that the band are highly proficient musicians, as evidenced by album opener “Serpents Domination”, an ultraviolent technical workout replete with brawny guitars and lightning fast drumming. A pummelling and decent beginning. Next track “Beyond the Void” comes on like Morbid Angel at their most threatening, an atmospheric and menacing vibe prevalent throughout. The dark and intoxicating “Seething Fragments” lurches and wretches with sadistic intent, and “Atavastic Revelation” is discordant, malevolent and devastating. Both songs are muscular and memorable.

The intumescent “The Shrine of Desolation” takes a different approach, aiming for epic and very nearly achieving it. Customary cruelty is resumed with “Humanity Exiled”, a thrashing, maniacal tune of intricacy, rhythm and ugliness. More simple and direct are “Disciples of Obscurity” and “Hideous Idolatry Violation”; both are grim, dark and uncompromising.

The next portion is made up of the aforementioned demo and is of lesser quality. “Pain Divine” is a well performed and faithful, but the remaining three tracks are derivative enough that they may as well be MA covers. In all honesty, the album is strong enough to have been reissued without the extras.

It is clear from the outset that Heaving Earth are huge Morbid Angel fans, sometimes to the point that they come across as a tribute act. This is not necessarily a bad thing because there is a market to be tapped; many enthusiasts would be delighted if MA were still capable of making albums like this. Another small criticism of the album is that a couple of the tracks are a shade too long, and come across as bloated as a result. Heaving Earth are still very much a going concern and I look forward to their next move.

Review By

Owen Thompson

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