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Darkness Triumphant! - 90%

FaultyClockwork, June 19th, 2012

Russia's Pseudogod are nothing if not blunt. The style of black/death metal they play is generally not known for being artful, but Pseudogod have absolutely no interest in breaking those rules. Their debut album Deathwomb Catechesis is 40 minutes of brutal and unrelenting metal in the greatest sense of the word. The album is a wrecking ball, with every element and second of the music dedicated to pulverizing the listener in a dozen different ways.

Incredibly thick, low-end guitars pummel you with their weight, and varied and energetic drumming engage with them, both providing a driving force behind the music as well as their own aural pleasure. Low, growled vocals in the death metal tradition's purest form thunder their way over the cacophony with satisfying depth. Pseudogod may not show much subtlety on Deathwomb, but they know how to use these components towards a greater whole. They know the trick that separates the Archgoats from the Black Witcheries in the genre: those shifts in riffing and slow, doom laden moments that add the variety the various tracks need. Exempli gratia: The guitars diverge in "Saturnalia (The Night of the Return)", with one speeding along in tremolo picked fury as the other plays sinister chords from the right speaker, before slowing for a crushing bridge, and then kicking into full gear again. Pseudogod manage to take the unrelenting force of their music and spice it up enough to keep the listener engaged.

Ultimately though, there's more to listen to than talk about here. Pseudogod's music doesn't have the ultimate complexity of Goatpenis or the deceptively simple layers of Revenge or Conqueror that add up to a greater whole. They're here to riff you into oblivion, and the album easily warrants a hear rather than a read. It certainly deserves a recommendation, despite its not any new ground. It breaks faces though, and with music like this, who needs new ground anyway?