Warlike Blackened Death Metal.
Impure Death/Black Metal is what Stillborn is. The band’s clear influences are Sarcófago, Blasphemy and the likes so expect waves of brutal and uncompromising satanic sounds.
The first tracks are Martwo urodzony – rozdział trzeci, Ancykryst and Upiór. While the ears struggle a little bit to get used to the true production, soon the eruption of pure blasphemy starts to appear in the first two tracks and it’s finally clear in the latter and they are not here for jokes: Rusty riffs, mid to fast tempo, minimum change of phrases, quasi non-existent change of metrics, a heavy shower of blast beats and cutthroat attitude.
Satanic they start, satanic they continue: Człowiekowstręt is where all hells break loose, the ignominious waves of pure metal of hell takes over the whole place at once and when the time is ripe for Odezwa, the crescendo of old school, first wave of black metal music is even more powerful, organic and impure: they sound legit because they are legit.
Obłęd is EVEN truer, the riffs from beyond and the drumming from hell goes until the middle of the song and the sung part finally appears. But the song is mostly instrumental.
Modlitwa poganina shows a “thrash” sound, just like Tormentor, Bulldozer or Kat, but soon they return to what they started which is black and death metal.
Burst Command Til War is a Sodom cover, a perfect cover, ten times faster. Arrrgghhh!
The last track Apocalyptic Hymn of Satanic Warriors is an instrumental piece that sounds like a filler.
Stillborn is already a veteran band, but I still remember Los asesinos del sur which was a good album. But Testimonio de Bautismo is tenfold better. Truer, crueler, eviler, harsher. My weapon of choice in 2016 when it comes to bestial black death metal! Great opvs!
Testimonio de Bautismo is out now on Godz Ov War Productions
(Daniel “Roderick” Death)