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A Quick Tour of the 90’s Deathly Cosmox - 84%

bayern, March 25th, 2018

I was thinking once of writing to the guys in order to find whether they had misspelt the title of the album reviewed here, or they had intentionally released it that way, to boggle the minds of the mere mortal fanbase… Not that that’s so important when talking about one of the early birds from the Polish death metal horizon, earlier known as Blasphemer, who established the scene over there alongside Dragon, Vader, Hate, Die Irae, Devilyn (earlier Cerebral Concussion) and Violent Dirge.

The guys’ first showing was the “Glodgad” demo which served a potent blend of haunting atmospherics and technical/progressive “excursions” the final result quite close to Nocturnus and Death’s last two (at the time). Their full-length only needed to elaborate on those intriguing soundscapes, and this is exactly what occurred here. The guys have inserted a healthier doze of thrash which works well with the more immediate riff-patterns those reminiscent of the ones from “Spiritual Healing” for at least half the time. Expect more progressive configurations on “The Last (Lord’s) Supper” which could have qualified for Pestilence’s “Testimony of the Ancients” even any time, and a more moderate, less elaborate layout on the less vigorous mid-paced title-track.

“Protector” speeds up the band also enhancing the atmosphere with a more frequent change of pace, creating another fine progressiver, the status quo retained by “Night Sailors” which slows down the guys still playing around with dexterity on those relatively peaceful mid-tempo passages. “Just Like You” moshes hard with direct ripping guitars, nothing too fancy here, but the alternation between the two approaches continues with the heavy semi-ballad “Lilith” which some may view as a pullback as it doesn’t quite fit the energetic character of the rest except that it adds more to the deep atmospheric undercurrents “dancing” around. “One Day” begs to differ, though, and the listener will be exposed to a few more aggressive “skirmishes” the alleviation provided by the lead guitarist this time who outdoes himself with a couple of delightful melodic pyrotechnics.

Unlike most of the other mentioned Polish acts, the band did an early disappearing act, and were done by the end of the decade. They resurfaced ten years later, but under a different music guise; the new style is classic power/speed/thrash, not bad, but too ordinary-sounding compared to the more engaging, more challenging template presented here. With three full-lengths and two EP’s their new “physiognomy” has been well paved, and it seems as though all memories of their first, “paradoxical” showing have been erased… Still, no hope is lost; the cosmox is unfathomable; a total recall is always an option.