Monday, April 20, 2015

Album Review: "Sepulcrum Viventium" by Austerymn

Sepulcrum Viventium
How many genres of music were really musical movements?

Meaning, they went so far and then they, or all intents and purposes, ended?

I can think of grunge, disco, NWOBHM, old school hip hop, acid rock, and yes even the original death metal.

In this reviewer's opinion, 90's death metal is often still the best. Carcass, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Entombed, Deicide, well there's a reason why all of these bands still have legions of fans, still record, and still tour.

Today, let's enjoy a newer group that plays that style of metal.

This band was originally formed in the early 90's, so they're not precisely retro, but they've also changed  names a dozen times. So, let's just take this for what it is...a death metal record.

I'm not going to try to pronounce their name.

There's no other way to put this, but they're an old school death metal band.

They're not as heavy as many of their contemporaries from back in the day...they're a little heavier than Entombed, but they don't rise to the level of brutality of say Morbid Angel or Deicide.

On this album, the drums sound fantastic. The blast beats are at the perfect speed and level.

They thunder, but supportively. The kick drums are not kicking everything else out of the way.

There's not a large amount of flashy lead guitar work on this album. If you're looking for Bill Steer style shreds, you're going to be left wanting. The solos that are here draw far more from David Gilmour than any other death metal guitarist. They're emotive, bluesy, and just beautiful.

It's more than just the leads featuring the melodies, but also during the rhythms. Little breaks are stuffed in between the chorus of snarling growls and the freight train chugging.

Great sound. Great melody.

Release: 4/25/15
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Memento Mori
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