Underrated Aussie Brutal Technical death metal.
This band is ace‼ I mean, how can a new band be so good?
Blade of Horus debuts with its first EP called Monumental Massacre comprising 6 tracks (plus intro) of the most technical death metal since the golden era of Psycroptic.
Drawing their influences from bands such as Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Nile and other gods of technical death metal, they count with veteran Kevin Talley (Dååth, Suffocation, ex-Dying Fetus, ex-Misery Index and ex-Six Feet Under) as session drummer.
They are NEVER subpar to the aforementioned bands, they are here to gain on the hearts of the fans of the style and their compositions are simply second to none.
Monumental Massacre is serpentine, Cryptopsy-like track, creative all the way with non-linear phrases, something that leaves one crazy trying to catch up with the riffs and the drum lines of the band. Not that this is kinda impossible or something extremely complex to the ears, but yes, it’s something very complicated to play. The track also is not so fast by the end of it, leaving the impression that Blade of Horus doesn’t want to show only fastness and craziness, but to remember that death metal is not only noise. The production is crystal clear by the way.
Succumb to the Overwhelming Stench of Necrophagia is my fave track with lots of surprises and changes of tempo, over again is difficult to find the phrases repeating themselves and metric goes to and fro but they are not “math”-anything. They just play the parts with gusto and their challenge is not to show to the world how good they are but to show to themselves how far can they go…
Inhumane Experimentations is like a Death and Atheist played only faster and the solos are quasi-melodic, the instrumentation respects each other player, and they go along very well with the Nile-esque climate.
Death of a Spartan King is utterly ignorant varying from mega brutal blast beats to mid-tempo and syncopated drumming, but never deceiving their drive to play intricate music. The vocals here show some pig squeals but the sound never goes “slam”.
Descent into the Cosmic Realm of Everlasting Madness shows more convoluted puzzling sound and strange as it seems, it is groovy without being “deathcore”, its technical death metal music at its finest.
Return of the Dark Gods is a bonus track and its drum is played by Tom Taylor of the Aussie band The Seer. That doesn’t diminish the quality of the music in any way.
Monumental Massacre is a regal debut, interesting, well executed, with excellent compositions, no flaws, the kind of sound I would recommend to a friend. What makes a release so perfect? Listen to yourself and try to discover.
Monumental Massacre is out now on Lacerated Enemy Records
(Daniel “Roderick” Death)