Bestial Deform – …Ad Leones (Review)

Bestial DeformThis is the fifth album from Bestial Deform, a Russian death metal band.

Bestial Deform were created in 1990, so it’s safe to say they have a lot of experience playing death metal. This is their first album since 2005 and features both new songs and older ones that have been re-recorded.

The band play a death metal style influenced by the old-school 90s scene, and come across as a mix of Morbid Angel’s interesting approach, Immolation’s slithering riffs and Hate Eternal’s blasting fury.

Bestial Deform have a talent for this type of thing, that much is clear. With good ideas that are ably translated into gratifying riffs, these are enjoyable songs that have a very warm, satisfying production. With decent variety and pacing across the songs, as well as blast beats that hit the spot, …Ad Leones does what it sets out to do in no uncertain terms.

The singer has a particularly good voice. He seems born for the style, with a guttural roar that evokes base aggression and professional delivery in equal measure. Very tasty.

This is an album that unashamedly shows its roots and influences on its sleeves, and is one that I easily find myself listening to again and again. If you’re looking for a quality album of pure death metal then you can do a lot worse than this.

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