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You're a death metal band. Nearing the end of 2012. A religious chant is naturally a good way to go with your album intro. A didgeridoo however is a dastardly clever addition, and it whets the appetite to see what else these Hungarian brutal death metalers, with their so-cliched-as-to-be-laughable name, logo and cover art, have got up their sleeve.
In fact I'm widely unacquainted with Hungary's death metal scene. These guys borrow from the likes of Sinister, and Floridian outfits - in particular Malevolent Creation - and a lot in common with all those hordes of brutal death metal bands with colourful logos and names like Abominated Cephalocranialaphalobrutore, for about 40 minutes of technical and unambitious brutal death metal. Thing is, with a lacking singer and few tricks up their sleeves beyond riffs and breaks you've heard before, there's not much replay value here.
I mean the vocals of Cathar are rough, hoarse 'n' all, but severely lacking in gurgling conviction or spiteful hack. That's a bit of a problem and a shame, 'cause this kind of brute onslaught needs the unmerciful outrage of a guy who sounds like he's either highly pissed off or currently elbows-deep in gore and lasciviously enjoying himself. The band do sound good though. It's difficult not to thrash the old knee in sympathy with the evident talents of drummer Turi. Tight, triggered drumming assaults on tracks like the opening monster 'Submersion' and the admittedly raging 'Pray for War' underpin the categorical chugging and snarling guitars very nicely, and indeed these songs do have a few pretty engaging riffs and breaks to 'em. 'The Beast Within' makes its presence felt with malevolent tremolo runs that flex like the muscles of some bionic monster. Not to mention the guitar solos employed are flashy, fret-scaling showy beasts that do their job just fine, even if they are not that memorable; 'Servant of God' even has more of a classical metal feel to it, a nice bit of diversity among the fairly strict and straightforward urban beating on offer.
However, despite some decently chosen soundbytes and movie samples, each song will inevitably suffer a few areas of inspirational dearth. Although the carnage whips along with impressive velocity and technical accomplishment, there is little to brand the material into the ol' memory. Which wouldn't be such a problem, were these guys blessed with a vocalist who could really pull off the aggression and/ or force to mould these songs into stone-cold killing machines. Recommended listening only for those listening almost exclusively to brutal death metal, I should say.
I did enjoy that didgeridoo though.