Sunday, 29 May 2016

Blade of Horus - "Monumental Massacre" EP (Review)

 By: Richard Maw

Album Type: EP
Date Released: 29/01/2016
Label: Lacerated Enemy Records


By the time of “Death of a Spartan King” (great track), the EP is well underway and you know exactly what to expect: blasting fury, with a surprisingly atmospheric bent to much of the riffing. If you have been digging bands such as Arkaik, Rivers of Nihil, Eschaton, Apocrophex et al. This is a must listen and this band has great things ahead of them. The final verdict? Blade of Horus are, indeed, razor sharp!


“Monumental Massacre” CD//DD track listing:

1). Intro
2). Monumental Massacre
3). Succumb to the Owerwhelming Stench of Necrophagia
4). Inhumane Experimentation
5). Death of a Spartan King
6). Descent into the Cosmic Realm of Everlasting Madness
7). Return to the Dark Gods


The Review:

Brutal and technical death metal straight out of... Sydney, Australia?! Well, why not?! So, what we have is: very speedy blasts, tight sound, very low growled vocals and screamed vocals and a focused attack of six tracks coming in between three and four minutes and an intro. It speaks volumes about the dedication of those involved that bands like this now exist; incredible musicianship and dedication to a very underground cause.

The themes take in ancient Egypt (don't think anyone in metal of any genre has done that before!) mythology and so on. All death metal, all the time! Until recently, the band did not have a permanent drummer, but with the skills of Kevin Talley playing session drums, his contribution is A1 in terms of content and execution. If their newest recruit can match what is on this EP…hats off to him!

By the time of “Death of a Spartan King” (great track), the EP is well underway and you know exactly what to expect: blasting fury, with a surprisingly atmospheric bent to much of the riffing. If you have been digging bands such as Arkaik, Rivers of Nihil, Eschaton, Apocrophex et al. This is a must listen. It is long enough to get a real flavour of what the band is all about and short enough to leave you wanting more. No mean feat for any “genre” band.

“Descent into the Cosmic Realm…” is impossibly serpentine in its riffing and soloing. Nice vocal effects and production, too. There is even a bonus track: “Return of the Dark Gods” is pounding and rolling in delivery- with blasts in place as well, of course. For fans of tech death, this EP is a must; no doubt, with a new drummer, this band has great things ahead of them. The final verdict? Blade of Horus are, indeed, razor sharp!

Monumental Massacre” is available here



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