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domenica 6 settembre 2015

Heaving Earth - Denouncing the Holy Throne

#FOR FANS OF: Death Metal, Morbid Angel, Destroying Divinity, Hate Eternal
As has been the case with a large amount of Eastern European Death Metal, the influence of American acts is pretty astounding to behold as not only is it stylistically similar in creation but also growing in enjoyment, which follows suit with this Prague-based act. Technical when it needs to be but much more often just blasting away with urgency and intent, there’s a lot at work here as the band shifts from the mid-tempo realms filled with those technically-proficient guitar rhythms popularized by Morbid Angel to the frantic, flesh-flaying full-throttle assaults whipping through numerous sections here which are much more prominent in the modern Death Metal scene. Coupled with the album’s approach of mixing that audio violence with an appropriately surging hellfire-inspired sound it just brings the riffs to life and makes for another outstanding piece to the puzzle found throughout here. The tight leads and the explosive drumming are all favorably aided by this and it truly makes for a much dynamic affair here that does seem more than able to cover up the lone flaw running through the album in having way too many instrumental interludes. In the second half, its split evenly with track-interlude-track-interlude into the finale and that leaves a slightly jarring effect against the rest of the album which didn’t have much. Knock off one or three of them and this would be even higher up than it already is, which is a testament to the rest of the tracks on the album. Opener ‘The Final Crowning’ gets this going nicely with a fine build-up into pounding drumming and hellfire-soaked rhythms blistering into a mid-tempo cacophony bristling with the technical nuances dripping through the guitar work along the extended final half to set the stage perfectly here. ‘Nailed to Perpetual Anguish’ goes slightly more technical in approach and as a consequence eases off the throttle slightly but still manages quite the impressive outing here, while ‘Doomed Before Inception’ continues featuring blazing-fast technically-proficient riffing and dynamic blasting drum-work that gives this a solid three-peat opening. The first instrumental, ‘And the Mighty Shall Fall’ offers stylized majesty melodies and growing atmospheric riffs gradually build to dark, heavy rhythms that segues into ‘Worms of Rusted Congregation’ that continues on with the majority of time offering those slow, dark and heavy rhythms while still maintaining a decidedly Death Metal edge while putting out some Doom influences in the only real section of the album. The next instrumental, ‘...into the Sea of Fire’ features trilling guitar riffs and ambient, dark atmospheric rhythms which is so short it’s questionable why it’s here altogether. Luckily, that’s all quelled with back-to-back quality efforts in ‘Forging Arcane Heresy’ and ‘I Am Nothing’ as the ripping riff-work, utterly explosive drum-blasts and raging tempo changes that sweep from technical thrashing to demonic tremolo-rhythms and mid-tempo blasting make for the album’s two-best overall highlight quality efforts. While not as explosive, ‘Into the Depths of Abomination’ does feature enough engaging rhythms, blasting drum-work and frantic energy to come off as enjoyable even with the odd track placement in the second half when it really reads more of what happened to the first half’s tracks. The next instrumental, ‘...Where the Purified Essence Descends Ablaze’ is so worthless it’s not worth mentioning, while the epic ‘Jesus Died’ offers up slow, sprawling rhythms and tremolo-picked melodies alongside a tight series of drum-blasts and the occasional frantic series of riff-work that really gives this a punch for a fine offering overall. The outro instrumental ‘Endless Procession of the Holy Martyrs / Final Termination’ continues that sprawling blast-work and tight rhythms before fading out into an extended collage of noise that makes for a fine conclusion and a well-placed interlude. If only it had cut back on the others this one might be even more impressive. (Don Anelli)

(Lavadome Productions - 2015)
Score: 85