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Black metal bands raging in the heart of Holy Russia steppes are usually known for their distinct lack of subtlety and Pseudogod is doing everything to confirm this impression. Active since 2004, this quartet from Perm, a town at the foot of the Ural Mountains, is launching a debut album worthy of the name, after several split-CD and other demos. Deathwomb Catechesis (2012) is a pure brutality manifest, bordering black and death Metal, strongly inspired by early 1990s Finnish scene. It's bold, heavy and nasty.
Hostilities start with Vehement Decimation, which crushes the listener with an avalanche of decibels. Fast and aggressive, this piece sets the tone for the entire album. The group does not bother with the details and the onslaught continues unabated - and with virtually the same structure - on Malignant Spears. Similarities with Beherit are here totally assumed. I had several times the impression of being immersed in the murky world of Drawing Down the Moon (1993), undoubtedly a major inspiration for Pseudogod. The war continues with Saturnalia (Night of the Return ...) and Azazel, but the tempo slows down (briefly) on The Antichrist Victory. This is a false hope for the weak: Necromancy of the Iron Darkness plunges into hell those who survived until then. Little surprise then with a song with a Spanish title. Encarnación del Mal is probably a nod to the Andalusia scene, where flourish many bestial black metal bands. The forty minutes of this scathing attack end with The Triangular Phosphorescence, which starts with a clumsy pace, before concluding at full speed, like the previous seven pieces.
Deathwomb Catechesis will inevitably delight all ballsy and dirty black metal fans. I hate groups usually plaguing the bestial dark metal register, but loyalty to the work of Beherit (they share the same label since 2010) that make me like Pseudogod immediately. This is a successful tribute that hits hard a nail that needs to be violently crushed.
Originally written for Métal Obscur