The Pitch: Brutal Australian band Depravity deliver a new release via Transcending Obscurity Records. "Louis Rando (Impiety, The Furor) and his team of musicians conjure up a maelstrom of wicked death metal that lays waste to all else. Vile, twisted and deafeningly heavy." FFO: The Furor, Morbid Angel, Gutslit
What I Like: I'll level with you. I'm having trouble writing this one up. When you cover death metal after death metal album, the descriptions all start to run together. That having been said, Evil Upheaval is still totally worth your time. Depravity have written one of the grooviest, heaviest death metal records of the year. It's not the best or most original, but it is a consistently crushing affair that won't disappoint those looking for a good headbanging. The drums sound massive, the vocals are brutal, and the riffs seriously kick ass with some ripping solos to boot. There's one in particular on "The Great Divide" that sounds like it's splitting the f#$king Earth in half. More importantly, the band works really well as a unit. The compositions are lean and mean with each instrument in perfect balance with one another. As a result, there's nary a lull in either quality or energy to be found. If Gutslit was Transcending's best of 2017, Depravity are poised to top the roster in 2018.
Critiques: As stated, you're not getting much in the way of fresh surprises. This album follows the usual tropes and framework of any number of other great death metal albums.
The Verdict: Look, I'm tired and I've written too many reviews in the past few days. Understandably, I'm low on both steam and words. Even so, I wanted to make sure that this album hit the front page for your listening pleasure. I'm hoping that my tireless dedication to give this album the full treatment is testament to its quality. And for what it's worth, I bought the CD after just one listen. Depravity are a f#%king good band. Press play and let me know what you think when I get back from my nap.
Flight's Fav's: Manic Onslaught, Insanity Reality, Victimizer
- Review by FlightOfIcarus
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