Monument to Decay

July 5, 2018


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The Pitch: Deus Vermin are a destructive blackened death metal force out of Leeds, UK bringing you new album Monument to Decay via F H E D. FFO: Malthusian, Abyssal, Portal

What I Like: Deus Vermin's sound hits like a ton of bricks. They have some slower, doomy moments as with "Worms," but for the most part you can expect similar noisy, technical chaos as the bands listed above. And make no mistake: this is not some cheap knockoff. This crew could go toe-to-toe on stage with the best of them. Between the maniacally twisted guitar riffs, beratingly fast drumming, and mortifying vocals; Deus Vermin have all of the makings of greatness. The bass resonates with intensely negative energy while the vocals shapeshift between powerful, echoing death growls and hair-raising blackened shrieks. The entire album is a landscape of hopelessness and despair. Almost every second of the album grips me tightly by the throat, but there is section about a minute and a half into closing track "Planetary Illness" that particularly gets my blood boiling. The alternation of violent staccato chords with drum breaks is blissful destruction.

Critiques: Near perfection. The band will need to work on further differentiating their sound from other similar groups, but this is a most excellent start. Personally, I could do with fewer doom elements. Tossing them in briefly to keep the pacing right is good, but when they go on for too long I'm just waiting for the faster parts to kick back in.

The Verdict: Monument to Decay lives up to its name with a consistent set of depraved tracks sure to please fans of both black and death metal. Throw in a bonus live set and you;ve got an album worthy of purchase for sure. Don't miss out, and be sure to share this review or at least the album stream to spread the work.

Flight's Fav's: Swarms, Iniquity, Shrine

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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