|Death Metal, Thrash Metal
January 4th, 2013
Release length: 16:01
The natural snares stick out the most in this recording, which has a thinner production quality, and at sometimes can actually sound kind of raw despite the modern traits. You can pick up on this right away with “Apollonian Eyes,” a fast offering that ends up rather hostile outside the slower, commanding bridges. It’s an explosive start that utilizes deeper riffs and some twanging bass to its advantage, hammering away with some complex riffs that usher in a chaotic performance that actually causes some instruments to be a bit diluted until the very end. It’s a good start, but aside the energy, this isn’t that memorable an assault, being put to shame by “Burn it to the Ground.” This is an infectious Thrash Metal fused offering with some additional two-stepping, and a chorus with a little melody thrown in. Shades of Exodus can be felt, but with a grittier Death Meral environment. That thinner audio does take away slightly from the overall impact, but not enough to truly take away from the solid performance that was captured.
“Cursing the Skies” mixes things up a bit by incorporating more of the band’s Death Metal influence to the mix. Again, we’re met with catchy riffs that benefit from some Thrash passages, as well as some strong, albeit brief blastbeat passages. When the pace slows down, it does end up kind of creepy, lending more to the conclusion than anywhere else. Thankfully, this is just a nice bonus to the familiar Impaled style riffing. “Vlad Tepes” is a little more restrained, though still catchy, especially due to the enthusiastic vocal performance. Even though the bass does its best to fill things up, certain spots do end up a little more empty than they should, such as during the guitar solos and the darker, more emotional material about half way in. The tongue-in-cheek tone of the song just becomes more dynamic the further in you get, ushering in harmonized chanting in the background during the most excitable moments of the climax as the lyrics repeat “Vlad Tepes was my bitch!”
Apollonian Eyes is far from one of the most engaging mixtures of Death and Thrash Metal out there, but when Septekh gets it right, it sounds great. In the end, it’s the thinner audio quality that does the most damage, not really letting the release have much of a bite, which is sad considering the amount of enthusiasm captured here. Of course, this doesn’t stop “Burn it to the Ground” and the highly varied “Vlad Tepes” from being memorable experiences. But, with only two songs that really stand out on this four song release, it’s best to sample this one before you do anything more.
01. Apollonian Eyes – 3:48
02. Burn it to the Ground – 3:09
03. Cursing the Skies – 3:18
04. Vlad Tepes – 5:45
|Initial Pressing Score: 6/10