Hideous Divinity – Adveniens (Review)

Hideous DivinityThis is the third album by Hideous Divinity, a Norwegian/Italian death metal band.

What a humongous noise Hideous Divinity make! Blasting brutality and intricate technicality mix together like they were born for it as the band ram 48 minutes of heavy, muscular death metal into your open wounds.

Phew. There’s precious little room for mercy in Hideous Divinity’s world. All scalps are taken, all blood is shed, and all victims are silenced. Adveniens is relentless in its assault and doesn’t give up until you’ve gasped your last breath.

I very much enjoyed their 2014 release Cobra Verde, but I have to say that I think Adveniens tops it.

With members and ex-members of bands like Aborted and Hour of Penance, Hideous Divinity are a band that know what they’re doing and get shit done.

Each track is packed with content, and the band do their best to fill up the playing time with thick, meaty riffs and hyperblasting the likes of which are extremely satisfying, not least because of how they have been written and arranged. This last point is an important one, as the songwriting skills of Hideous Divinity are not to be underestimated.

The songs on this release show a progression for the band too. Although they still largely sit within a brutal/technical death metal framework that’s firmly moulded to their own personality and character, on Adveniens the band have expanded their sound too, forging a Morbid Angel/Hate Eternal/Behemoth/Nile style that sees them introducing darker, more epic components alongside the heavy aggression.

Impressive, satisfying, and eminently enjoyable; Adveniens takes Hideous Divinity up to an entirely new level of quality. If you have the mettle to survive the dark, heavy, aggressive maelstrom that Hideous Divinity unleash, then Adveniens is an essential listen.

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