Distributor/label: Invictus Productions
Buy Album: https://invictusproductions666.bandcamp.com/album/towards-death
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Deathwards/
Hellavenger – vocals
Extravasation – lead guitar
The Usurper – rhythm guitar
The Magus – bass
The Penance – drums
1. In Death I Become
2. The Hierarchist
3. Epitaph From The Underworld
4. Impending Prophecies
5. Overlord (Infernal Majesty)
Deathwards wins second best name of a new band I’ve heard this year (after Graveshadow, which sucks as a band, but great name, and Awooga follows closely in third, as it’s mental). Formed only last year, but from ‘veterans’ of the metal scene with suitably metal synonyms (or parents with a seriously overactive sense of humour), this is the debut demo from the quintet. Describing themselves as – and you totally need to read this in Yoda’s voice – a “timeless, trend-bucking slab of thrashing metal of death”, they then list a cornucopia of influences, dating back over the past 30+ years.
Musically, we’re in such familiar death/thrash territory here, it’s barely worth being overly-descriptive. It’s well delivered, well-played and well produced, without losing any of its ‘authenticity’ (for anyone who’s been bored enough to read any of my reviews before, this is a real bette noir of mine – recording quality follows an almost parabolic trajectory, if it’s too clean and over-processed then it loses all integrity, I think – but these guys get it about right). Four originals and one cover of fairly heavy, rapid and intense metal later, and you’re left wanting more.
This is a solid first release, from a band that, whilst not breaking any boundaries yet, is surely set to be one that does the rounds on the scene for quite some time. Definitely one to check out!