Formed in Tokyo in 2007, Japanese band Desecravity began playing shows in 2008 and have shared stages with bands such as Exodus, Aborted, Megadeth, The Black Dahlia Murder and Dying Fetus to name just a few. These heavyweights of Technical Brutal Death Metal are now back, ready to lay waste with their new release.
The album builds from the start with some atmospheric string work, before the guitars kick in and then the devastation begins as the chaotic brutality starts with its technicality that is just ridiculous. The finger work is simply flawless as we are taken on a journey around what feels like every inch of the guitars neck, with pummelling drums keeping up with the note changes and then a deep gruff vocal that finishes of this incredible sound perfectly.
The intensity and quality flow through this album constantly as the unpredictability continues to blow your mind with breakneck speed and pinpoint accuracy, this is by no means a relaxing listen and is so complex that you cannot appreciate it with a single listen. The first listen blows your mind, whilst subsequent experiences allow the full intricacies to be heard and appreciated.
The vocal is as brutal as the music is technical and the drumming is so pummelling and precise that it will rattle your brain and laugh as you try and recover.
This is an early contender for album of the year and certainly sets the bar for all releases that are to come throughout 2019 and also gives notice to all other Technical bands, this is the level you need to try and reach.
It is difficult to pick stand out tracks as the album is flawless from start to finish and the intensity and brutality is incredible and oppressive as Desecravity have created an album that simply crushes.
Anathema is released January 25th on Willowtip Records.
- Aeon and Ashes
2. Impure Confrontation
3. Ominous Harbinger
4. Deprivation of Liberty
5. Bloodthirsty Brutes
6. Secret Disloyalty
7. Devoured The Psyche
8. Beheaded White Queen