Friday, April 15, 2022

Full Length Review: Death Embrace "Unholy Trinity II" (Independent) by Corban Skipwith

Band: Death Embrace
Location: England
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Black metal
Full Length: Unholy Trinity II
Format: Digital album
Label: Independent
Release date: March 25, 2022
When dabbling into the world of ‘Necromancy’ and ‘Vampirism’ there this almost an unspoken rule in music of how your meant to be portray such sounds and themes and the fans know it, as a man who fell in love with this style of music more than a decade ago now I judge pretty harshly the bands that attempt it and I’m happy to report back to you all that this band nails the coffin shut on any doubt lingering, they do this justice.
From the very opening instrumental track the mood is set and the aesthetic is understood as far as what direction this band is planning to go, you can hear the cunning use of ‘darkness’ and ‘despair’ the lingering scent of ‘death, evil and chaos’ all working in unison to complete this record. On one side of the spectrum you have the devastatingly brutal production which sounds straight off the pioneering ‘Norwegian Black metal Era’ where the music sounded as raw and as twisted as music could possibly sound, this is the same vibe I get listening to this record (and believe you me, that’s an incredible compliment).
There’s this black aura of ambience and nocturnal sounds in the air with this record that I can’t shake, they add it in so subtle sometimes at the very start of songs and sometimes towards the very end but it’s utilized none the less, that ever so quant notes that play in the background to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up (and this is before the song even starts) there’s also cases where I can hear wailing? Like in the song ‘House Of The Unholy’ which is creepy as fuck but adds a nice level of ‘fear’ to the track.
The vocal performances in this record are equally as demented and twisted as the instrumentation and production! We are talking early ‘Mayhem, Gorogorth (Hat era), Carpathian Forest I mean such guttural growls and straining screams and notes sounding like a man possessed and dying! It’s truly insane, I haven’t heard vocals as twisted as these since literally the late 80’s early 90’s era of Black Metal, it’s definitely something you’ll have to hear to believe, it’s wild.
For an album that packs only six tracks, they don’t hold back anything to make you feel as fucked up as you possibly can. It’s a cohesively deranged album that takes the art of ‘Black Metal’ to a whole new level, for real for all you fans of traditional style ‘Black Metal’ these guys have just pushed the bar two tiers up.
I don’t even know how a band can sound more extreme then this? Does the next band have to kill and torture someone while recording in order to surpass the efforts done today? It’s one dark record but one I can respect for its boundary pushing attempt.
If you think you have the balls to survive it, give it a shot down below! Corban Skipwith

D.M: Vocals, all instruments

Track list:
1. ... Further From The Light
2. The Eternal Silence
3. House Of The Unholy
4. Rituale Necromanticum
5. The Blood Is The Life Eternal (sângele este viața)
6. The Gates Of Death Open

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