Four years after the release of a demo on CD-r comes the debut CD from the Colombian butchers, 10 songs with clear decent sounds in which maximum speeds are regularly utilized without making the listener yawn.
After a brief intro sounding like a Death Metal band rehearsing followed by a mortar shot, "Imperial Satanic Artillery" begins and it's immediately clear we're being decimated by a fast onslaught of Death/Black Metal, where several diversified riffs keep from monotony, among which a slow one stands out before a refined guitar solo makes its appearance. The last part with supertight drums is proof of the many Red Bulls the drummer drank before recording his duties.
Violent and martial, "There's No God at All" is embellished by blaspheme backing vocals, and also here the skinbeater seems to have been supplied with four brand-new Duracell batteries on his back ahead of entering the studio.
The title track alternates Black and Death Metal riffs, while the usual slaughter is caused in the background by the drummer's performance, the rhythm section being strengthened by precise bass lines. A punishing composition without steady variations.
Thanks to its stops 'n' go and sublime drum strokes, "Hell's Oblivion" can be considered one of the highlights, but unfortunately you have to download it from Soundcloud or Bandcamp to hear it all because the CD version is cut at the end. There are four punctual guitar licks, whilst the drums scourge unmercifully.
The same goes for "Technomancer Revelation", whose final seconds have been mistakenly cut in the official CD version. The song starts with propedeutical drums, then along with the multiple bludgeonings, it also delivers magnificent riffs and rotten vocals. The guitar solo must be applauded with a standing ovation, and later a macabre slightly distorted part in mid-tempo appears prior to the finalé, thus making the song really special.
"Sadism Ex machina" displays the fastest drumming of the album, well entwined with the guitars, whereas "Antichristian Retaliation 2015" is opened by the recording of Catholic Pope Bergoglio's election and then a slaying. If it sounds good on one side, it would be infinitely better if the same attack went against Mohammed or a Muslim leader because it's really too old and easy to attack Christians, as they never retaliate. The track itself is a bit less involving than the others, as well as its guitar solos.
Moans of sexual deeds initiate "Goatlust", another pearl of "Biomechanical Messiah", where the work behind the drums is once again unforgettable. This is real Extreme Metal with guitars squealing tight to their limits.
Majestic, and subsequently sustained by a rapid mono riff that is repeated, "Carnal" is followed by "Empire of the Skull", another incursion leaving no peace and no time to rest; actually this song is the one offering the largest range of variegated riffs, some not even wicked like the rest; indeed they sound very Rock 'n' Roll.
Skullthrone has been a plesant surprise to me and one of the most no-compromise acts with a distinct sound I've heard in 2016 together with Hellwaffe. Recommended for fans of Marduk, Enthroned, Vital Remains and the likes.