Golgothan Remains – Perverse Offerings to the Void (Review)

Golgothan RemainsThis is the debut album from Golgothan Remains, an Australian death metal band.

Golgothan Remains manage to fuse old-school ancient death metal influences with a more modern streak of black/death dissonance. Thinking of a mix of Immolation, Incantation, Ulcerate, and Deathspell Omega wouldn’t be entirely inappropriate.

Full of both crushing atmosphere and dark aggression, this album is a well-delivered slab of unpleasantness. I very much like the ugly brutality of the songs, and the brief length of the album – 34 minutes – means relatively short tracks that always leave you wanting more.

This is malignant death metal that seems to have been infected with a particularly nasty strain of the blackened plague. Classic death metal is clearly the underlying structure of Golgothan Remains’ songs, but warped and mutated by black metal’s occult corruption.

The songs seem to spread out without resistance, like a virulent pathogen hungrily devouring everything in its path. This is definitely an otherworldly infection though, as Perverse Offerings to the Void does not sound as if it was crafted by entirely human hands. Daemonic claws would probably be more accurate, especially when it comes to the band’s vocalist, who spends his time on this album vomiting incredibly deep, dark deathgrowls.

Perverse Offerings to the Void contains the type of music that doesn’t so much hit the spot as completely swamp it in murk and evil. Highly recommended.

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