July 30th, 2013
Release length: 21:25
While Destructive Intent is eight songs long, three of them end up interludes, all of which do help to set the burdening environment of the album. The dismal “Prelude to Perdition” features some slow, haunting Doom-ridden riffs that only continue to become more eerie the further along it goes. Some vocals kick in about one minute in, lasting briefly before “Extinction Machine” transitions rather seamlessly. The song itself is on the blunt side, showing a bit of a brutal attitude similar to Nile, but replacing the Egyptian influences with hopeless atmospheres. Sadly, everything sounds a bit restrained for some reason that dulls the otherwise solid performance. Thankfully, this is the only time it seems to occur.
The haunting “Invocation I Black Seed” and use of echoed vocals to give the presence of some kind of twisted ritualistic chant that “Irreversible Soul Consumption” uses to its advantage. Kicking into gear right away, the speed and enthusiasm cave to additional technicality, and a breath of fresh air. The deep guttural vocals again stand out strong here, complimenting the aggressive drumming and dismal chords well throughout. “Staring Beyond the Edge of Time” doesn’t start as abruptly, but it is another fast paced track that finds the drums responsible for the aural violence. The guitars aren’t quite as brutal, but instead find some solid hooks in the main verses, then mayhem in various bridges that is impossible to not bang your head along to, even when things slow down prior to the abusive guitar solo. While not quite as fast, “Masks of Sorrow” is just as brutal, offering some solid, well placed blast beats as well that confirms the bands dominating presence over your mortal soul while shifting in and out of catchy groove-fueled riffs that hit the listener hard.
Destructive Intent starts off a bit rocky, but damn does it pick right up. Dehuman Reign present an EP that leaves the listener wishing this were a full-length more than an EP. Brual and technical, Destructive Intent commands the listener with dark, burdening music, all met with various haunting interludes, and moments of madness and authority fueled grooves. This is an impressive start for Dehuman Reign, leaving a rather memorable impact in their wake. If you’re a fan of Nile but would rather something a little less over-the-top with atmosphere, then the blunt assault of Dehuman Reign is right up your alley.
01. Prelude to Perdition – 1:46
02. Extinction Machine – 3:05
03. Invocation I Black Seed – 0:44
04. Irreversible Soul Consumption – 2:52
05. Staring Beyond the Edge of Time – 4:07
06. Invocation II Scorched Earth – 0:42
07. Veil of Ignorance – 3:23
08. Masks of Sorrow – 4:46
|Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10