Dead World Reclamation – Aura of Iniquity

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Independent
Released: 2021
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Dead World Reclamation - Aura of Iniquity album artBand Line-up:

Mark Gray – Drums
Andre Lothian – Guitar, Orchestral Arrangements
Dakota Fidler – Guitar
Alex Beltz – Bass
Connor Posz – Vocalist


01. Ripped From The Grave
02. Embrace The Hive
03. The Everlasting Hunt
04. Pantheon of Shadows
05. Heralds of the Formless One
06. Arachnocratic Assemblage
07. Whispers of the Evergloom
08. The Void Bargain
09. Those Born of Suffering
10. Plaguemaster’s Legacy


Tempe, Arizona-based technical melodic death metallers Dead World Reclamation and their upcoming sophomore album, Aura of Iniquity, out April 23rd, should prove to be an exciting addition to the best death metal that will come out in 2021. Active since 2017, the band has previously released its first album, Sentient, the same year.

Fast-forward to 2021, and Dead World Reclamation has grown into an entirely different beast ready to take over the world. Although still a melodic death metal band at heart, the group’s current form is greatly enhanced by technically inclined playing and orchestral layers paired with streamlined catchy songwriting. As always, they continue to stay true to their roots by infusing their complex take on melodic death metal with a metric ton of impenetrable heaviness and skull splintering brutality added in throughout Aura of Iniquity.

Dead World Reclamation comments
“We’re five guys who love both Death Metal and a good story, therefore Aura of Iniquity is a series of short stories told in Death Metal format. Roaming through tales of dark bargains with otherworldly beings made for power untold, forests where gargantuan spiders dictate the law of the land, to necromancy told from the viewpoint of the body possessed. While our musical influences are definitely reflected in our songs, we tried to approach this album with the mindset of just creating music we’d love to listen to. We feel we’ve grown immensely since our first release, Sentient, and hope you all enjoy the album as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

The album provides a refreshing take on melo-death, suffusing killer riffs and solid musicianship with a rich fantasy world on a par with well-known web-based MMORPGs. It takes the listener with them on an open-world adventure, a blessed relief in a year where few of us have travelled far from our homes. The threat of overgrown arachnids is a risk worth taking for the thrill of adventure.

Dead World Reclamation have really pushed the boat on out the technical elements, forging their own path away from well-trodden genre tropes. Orchestral elements are done with skill and panache and fans the flames of the exhilarating brutality rather than watering it down. Changes in vocal style push the listener on through ever-changing soundscapes shifting between shrieks and more guttural growls as the situation demands. The album packs a solid punch and there isn’t a dull moment throughout. These guys are one to watch.

Stand out tracks: Ripped from the Grave, Pantheon of Shadows, Whispers of the Evergloom

For fans of: Wretched, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Faceless, Inferi, and Alterbeast.

Review by: Ro