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Thulsa Death - 80%

Sweetie, December 11th, 2018

From the musty underground of Italy comes Realms Of Hatred, the debut demo from Thulsa Doom. No, they are not doom metal, but in fact a super raw slab of death metal, served pretty rare, with little spice or bite. By that I mean that there isn’t anything outside the ordinary beyond the standards for old school death metal. This shan’t fool you though, as it’s a profound and quick listen, with only four full tracks and a few instrumental interludes. On the other hand, it is very much on the extreme side, teetering into blackened territory a bit, and with blast beats dumped all over the place, cranking up the intensity.

With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that there really isn’t any melody, and the vocals are pretty incomprehensible. Coming from someone who has a tougher time stomaching super extreme deliveries like this, it isn’t guttural at all, and shows no sloppiness, thus appealing to my ears. Ferocity is the key ingredient here, and this vocal style along with the insane drumming techniques are what make the music match the fitting name. It’s very hateful, it’s very filthy, and there isn’t a ray of light present on this release. Even the instrumental tracks that aren’t relying on heavy riffs have an oozing feel.

The speed infused riffing mixed with the insidious tones are quite impressive, although I wouldn’t really say that they fall within the technical realm. “Demon Conjurer” is easily my favorite track, as there are many different guitar sections that hop around from slower and dense, as well as incorporating fast and in depth guitar doodles like in the beginning of the song. Almost all of the tracks do this, but that one was pulled off the best. If this wasn’t easy enough to figure out, Realms Of Hatred is pretty one sided, as it’s hard to put out a consistent piece with a lot of variation for those who tackle this dose of death.

One thing that I can say is that despite being so raw, it’s actually quite well crafted for a death metal demo. I went into this expecting something like Morbid Angel’s Scream Forth Blasphemies, but the quality was far better. Very much a demo worth checking out for fans of Morbid Angel, Suffocation, and bands of that sort.

Originally written for Indy Metal Vault: