Saturday, May 14, 2016

No Salvation-Defiling Verses (2015)

You will be hard-pressed to find a more menacing piece of death metal than No Salvation's Defiling Verses. By menacing, I do not mean to say alienating or disturbing, emotions conjured up by Morbid Angel's Blessed Are The Sick for instance. No, by menacing, I mean this is an authentic attempts to convey in a death metal album the feeling that you are about to be crushed by a tank. No Salvation achieve this sense of menace in every track by resorting minimally to melody (and even in the guitar solos, melody is not the primary consideration), and instead focusing on simple, aggressive, downtuned riffs frequently played at high tempos, backed by viscerally audible bass and fierce drumming that alternates between blastbeats and slower rhythms, and gutteral yet discernible vocals that complement the music perfectly. Defiling Verses must stand as their great achievement, this is intense, significant  formula of calculated brutality that is on display here. Listen to this album and tell me that you do not feel like killing rolling over them with a fucking tank.
Review by Paul Caravasi

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