October 31st, 2010
Release length: 19:00
Consider Filipino Antichrist a blind juggernaut of sorts. While musically, the album is incredibly strong. Just falling short by about a minute of being a half hour of just non stop intensity through blistering double bass and blast beats, as well as very fast paced guitars. There are plenty of tracks on here that hit you harder then anything has done before, such as the song “Command Destruct” that comes at you with the perfect mixture of non-stop blast beats and fast moving guitars and bass. So then, you may ask what the problem is with this release? Well, the answer is simple. Aside a few other problems, “Command Destruct”, which is perhaps the best song on here due to the vocal performance and recording quality, is just about every other song on this release, with exception to “Filipino Antichrist” which features an introduction that uses some slow paced guitars reminiscent of the region the song title describes against a raining background. This lasts for roughly two minutes before the music kicks in to the more generic sound of the album once more before closing the release with the aptly titled “Outro”.
While the absolutely menacing music on Filipino Antichrist speaks for it’s self, the major underlying problem is that it’s good for maybe a few minutes of jolt. The album does feature much more then fast paced guitars which are hard to even heard against the furious drumming and distorted, often overmodulated vocals that lead the listener along a path of overly raw production qualities that make it hard for the actual song to be heard for what it really is. For the first few tracks, Filipino Antichrist is a very exciting recording. Some of the songs will sound a bit varied from each other, like Christ Eater” against “Storming Chaos”, but only through slight variations such as alternate cumbol crash patterns and guitar solos, or perhaps a different opening or alternate bridge somewhere in the song, to even randomly shouting lyrics such as the almost massaging yet insanely irritation shouting of the number six six six that goes from left speaker to right and back again. By the time you hit “Subliminal Satan”, you’ll start to get weary of this release and it’s slightly altered elements to try to present a new song.
But, one cannnot sit here after listening to this CD and say that they are not the slightest bit impressed by the fantastic drumming and guitar solos, as well as the guitarist’s abilities to keep up with the drumming at a perfect pace. If there were a little more substance to the album outside of slightly altered blast beats then Filipino Antichrist would be an exceptional test in mayhem inducing Black Metal. But, sadly, this is not the case, and this release by Deiphago winds up simply slipping through the cracks as a good idea executed poorly. Had there been less distortion, or at least a better recording quality, perhaps the album would have been saved. But, of course, the recording is as raw as it can get without crossing over in the amateurish or “kvlt” standards, hindering the effort horribly, and leaving you exhausted by the end from the assault at the start, and the rest of the album simply wearing you down between the out of place through context “Intro” and “Outro” tracks.
01. Intro: Annihilation – 0:49
02. Christ Eater – 2:30
03. Articles of Death – 2:27
04. Storming Chaos – 2:35
05. Command Destruct – 3:22
06. Subliminal Satan – 2:41
07. Satanic Metal – 1:35
08. Hate (SarcÃ³fago cover) – 2:03
09. Satan, Semen and Blood – 5:45
10. Filipino Antichrist – 5:09
11. Outro – 0:38
|Overall Score: 4.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Hell’s Headbangers.