The right way
to release your anger and stress positively and recharge your batteries
can be by listening to an old school brutal death metal between Deranged,
Cannibal Corpse, Incantation and Morbid Angel, in a fashion we haven't
heard for a long time: tight, destructive and 'squared'.
The four-piece tank can be briefly described as one of the heaviest
acts spewed by Denmark in the last 15 years, at the same level as Illdisposed
and Panzerchrist, though still a little underneath top-placed reborn
Konkhra. What is certain is that their heavy artillery consists of one
intense crushing guitar work that never makes you feel the need for
a second 6-stringer, not an easy task indeed; a very fast drumming based
on fat sounds that could be reminescent of even Napalm Death, Dying
Fetus and Cryptopsy in the quickest time changes, rather low bass lines
and punishing demonic vocals (the production at the Antfarm studios
in Aarhus, eastern Jütland, sounds damn effective). Of course no
concession to melody and the slowing downs can be counted on the fingers
of one hand.
"Pestilence Empire" is bound to become a classic of
fierce old school dark death metal, leaving just a second of
breath between the end of "Death Deceiver" and the
beginning without any showy decoration of "Malus Invictus",
but please let me stress out that the true demolisher of the 9-track
parcel is represented by "Grand Dome of Destruction"
(might it've been another with such a pompous and ear-subliming title?).
The band, featuring
a brand-new bassist and skinbeater, needs to be prized for its constancy
and uncompromising indifference for trends, thanks to guitarist Sigtyr,
the only original member left in 10 years, and also creator of the really
appreciable CD artwork and design.
Denmark isn't inferior to
the other bigger Scandinavian countries in metal field any longer, and
it's growing packed with black metal and death metal bands, not always
so brutal, though very often! The berserker blood of their Viking forefathers
had to come out sooner or later.
Exmortem? Yeah, there truly
is something rotten in the state of Denmark...
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20/11/02
Sigtyr, g. + Simon, v.
Martin Sigtyr Thim
8310 Tranbjerg J. - Denmark
-Souls of Purity (demo-93)
-Labyrinths of Horror (CD-June 95)
-Dejected in Obscurity (promo tape-97)
-Dejected in Obscurity (CD-98)
-7" split with German Impending Doom (98)
-Berzerker Legions (CD-May 2001)
-Pestilence Empire (CD/LP - 25 Nov. 2002)