|Black Metal, Death Metal
july 23rd, 2010
Release length: 36:34
When World Cremation starts, there’s really nothing too original about it. The progression of the material, as well as drumming, would be your standing mid-tempo Death Metal with some standard Black Metal riffs overlapping. Aside the fact that the guitar chords on here are a bit predictable, they are also often very simple, which is the case with “Coven of Diabolical Prophecies”, starting out at a nice strong pace, then about half way through the album starts to slow down. The guitars do match the music, but mostly in the complexity as they seem to become simpler and held onto a little longer then before, only slowing their pace down a little compared to the drums. There are, of course, some songs that have guitars the really branch more into the way of Death Metal then anything, such as the following track “Engulfed Temples”, which shows them straying away from the generic Black Metal structure, using the same kind of chord foundation, but expanding on it moreso at times with a little more complexity and more of an unrestrained flow.
The vocals on the album also vary between the two styles. Sometimes you are greeted with a nicely done gutteral vocal performance, but most of the time it’s the traditional Blackened demonic rhasp, This also adds a nice little change-up to keep the album from becoming stale and is not abused or utilized as a dual-vocal performance like some bands would attempt, not to mention at times, like in “The Flesh of thy Master”, where the two forms of vocal styles seem to mix into one lower rhasp and come off as a truly evil, maniacal voice that will make you wish it was done more throughout the album. Tack on a somewhat raw production and you have a rather grim sounding album that really does stand out and often has some great ambience to it with the music. Tracks like “Purification” and “A Banner Drenched in Blood” really help to set a dark tone to the release thanks to the out of nowhere drum moments that act as if the build up the atmosphere of the album, almost as if they are brief drum solos. These two tracks, as well as “Invination of Poison” which differs slightly from the rest of the album musically and vocally, making it a very strong and menacing track, are on par with some of the best of the songs, with “Purification” having the best guitar solo on this entire album. It’s too bad not all the songs have a solo, or at least one as impressive as this.
There really isn’t much to say about this album negatively. On your first time through the album, you may find World Cremation to be a bit lacking with bite, and the first time through it surely does. If you’re a fan of the style, the start of the album will leave you feeling on the edge about the album because much of it will seem like all too familiar territory, like you’ve heard these kinds of riffs before, and chances are good you probably have. But it’s more about the way the band performs the music that makes this album a solid release. After a few spins, if the album didn’t quite click at first, it will. The guitars are distorted nicely, though the bass is a little faded in the background in comparison, and the drummer is right on with the music. “The Flesh of My Master” really brings the album’s drumming up a notch as far as the speed goes and can sometimes feel like it’s slightly off with the guitars, but that’s really the only complaint as far as the songs themselves go.
If you’re looking for a solid Metal release, look no further then World Cremation by Denouncement Pyre. This release effectively creates a very grim and often evil feeling as you listen to it, using many favorable aspects of both styles properly. The wait for a full-length release from this band has clearly been worth the wait, as this is just a solid straight forward Death and Black Metal effort from start to finish with no surprises or gimmicks that you can just leave in your player on repeat all day long that seems to only get better the more you listen to it.
0. Black Womb of Magdelene – 4:23
0. The Flesh of thy Master – 3:49
0. Purification – 3:58
0. Coven of Diabolical Prophecies – 4:59
0. Engulfed Temples – 3:29
0. Salvation, the Fiding Light – 4:12
0. A Banner Drenched in Blood – 4:43
0. Invination of Poison – 7:01
|Overall Score: 7/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Hell’s Headbangers.