No, I’m not calling these cats something like morons. Far from that. They are the finest metal one can find.
Copulation of Cloven Hooves is the sophomore Slutvomit album that will bring happiness to truest headbangers.
But what is curious here is their incestuous mix of old styles under the “old school” umbrella. For example, the great secret to cum with this kind of music is to understand that Slutvomit isn’t just blackened thrash metal like the vast majority of its peers. It’s more than that. They are black, but they can be thrash and even old school death metal depending on the angle one is hearing, depending (of) the song.
That being said Copulation of Cloven Hooves is not a crazy salad, a free-jazz blend of styles… No. They capture the exact moment when these styles started to become separated and each one got its own one way. But it MUST be a point of fusion, when Slayer came to fore bringing Sodom, (old) Sepultura, Sarcófago, Voivod, Possessed, Slaughter (Canada) you name your poison!
Command for Triumph/Genocide Lust (an intro plus the song itself) strikes the chord of the true metal for truest headbangers. The vocals of course are very Bathory-esque, rabid, thrashy to the core, unremitting metal lust for the posers who dare to defy the old order, the ancien régime…
Build your weapons, because the song Endless Graves comes to the fringe of the old and good Death from Screaming Blood Gore. Seriously if you don’t like this one and find it very “simplistic” you should go back to the rule book of metal because yours is missing some pages…
Baphomet’s Call is like a strange mixture of old Slayer (Show no Mercy) and old Sepultura (from the Morbid Visions album), the beginning of everything, although I don’t thing it’s the best song of the album…
Evil Commands You is not understandable if you don’t take the dust off your old Sarcófago’s I.N.R.I. vinyl and listen to the title track. Copycat or an homage? I don’t care, for me it is just marvelous.
But the best song of the album is Acolyte of Death’s Destruction which is the most complex song of the album and by complex, I mean various phrases (hello kiddos, you wouldn’t understand) and over again evokes Chuck’s Death: the song Evil Dead, but over again with that Slayer feeling of satanic might and power. The vocals here are pure Mayhem from Deathcrush for sure. There is a fantastic solo by the mid to end of the song, very metal indeed.
Copulation of Cloven Hooves was not made by pure chance. It shows a well-prepared band to show its influences and to raze the city to the ground. I daresay that in one album they did what Darkthrone has been trying for a lifetime (with all due respect to Fenriz and Nocturno Culto).
Copulation of Cloven Hooves is going to be out on Invictus Productions on October 4th.