Owen Derrill – Bass (also in: Cold Hard Truth)
Alfie Armour – Guitar (also in: World Truth)
Paul Williams – Vocals (also in: Desolated)
George Bigneil – Drums (Cold Hard Truth)
Sam Ellis Thompson – Guitar (Cold Hard Truth)
1. RAPTURE 05:25
2. THE CULT OF RETRIBUTION 03:20
3. SHADOW & FLAME 04:42
4. CENTURIES OF TORMENT 02:34
5. STORMING THE HEAVENS 02:14
6. DE CONFLICTU NOCTIS AETERNAE OBRUAT 03:20
7. SLAVES OF CAPITAL 03:23
8. FROM ENSLAVEMENT TO EXTINCTION 03:58
9. DIVIDE & CONQUER 04:54
This is a new UK melodic death metal five-piece who are already causing quite a stir. With a previous EP, the band has just released their debut album of nine fist-in-your-face tracks. Combining the power and flash of hardcore, death metal and beatdown, this is a thundering album. The band shows themselves as staunch anti-capitalists, whose lyrical themes include environmental nihilism, anti-exploitation, anti-fascism, and anti-colonialism.
Not all of the vocals are cookie monster. There is the gargling with the mic vocals, but some clearer and gruff vocals that you can actually hear the lyrics for a change. As usual, if this was instrumental, I would love it, but there is an instrumental on here, “De Conflictu Noctis Aeternae Obruat”. The song is gentle and beautiful, then goes heavy and back to light again…terrific. I also liked “Rapture” and “Slaves Of Capital” because the vocals were the clearest and I actually could get into it more. The band is smoking hot, playing with fierceness and anger which I loved. The clear production work also helped make this a pretty good album as well.
I thank the band for going a bit outside the box. Grab this one and scare your neighbour’s cat.