Death, Blackness, Doom and Destruction!
At first, when the so-called New wave of OLD SCHOOL Death Metal appeared I was not so excited. All the bands sounded like an Entombed of sorts, a cheap imitation.
Vanhelgd gests a completely different path. The band works on a highly creative level. I would like to compare them to Morbid Angel, but even so, they are different from the famous American band.
Their sound NEVER gets highly fast tempos, everything is doom and desolation. No, you won’t find sludge sounds here mate, go search somewhere else, this is pure death metal, heaviest as an anvil.
Deimos Sanktuarium, the fifth full length of Vanhelgd is difficult to get with a couple of listenings. This is an opus to be fully appreciated, get your wine or you poison of preference, turn off the lights and enter the eternal darkness.
The songs are cohesive, just like in A Plea for Divine Necromancy, the opener, Så förgås världens härlighet, the second one, but it is in Vi Föddes I Samma Grav that the demon takes form and the abyss opens in front of you. Desolation and aguish is what this song has to offer. A bass line with a beautiful solo is the peak of the tune.
Even the snail-paced and repetitive The Ashes of Our Defeat makes sense in this conjuncture.
The intensity of The Silent Observer goes into a crescendo of dramatical proportions: the blasphemous vocals spews pure hate until the end when clean vocals take(s) place and are sung a capella.
The phenomenal last track Här Finns Ingen Nåd brings a conspiratorial feeling to the song with resolute guitar lines and heaviness beyond proportion.
Deimos Sanktuarium is probably different from everything you’re going to hear this year and the months that are going to follow. If you find something as good as this one, please, contact me.
Deimos Sanktuarium is out no on Dark Descent Records in North America on LP, digipack CD, jewel case CD and digital formats. European release through Pulverize records.
(Daniel “Roderick Totentanz” Death)
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