Corpsessed – Impetus of Death (Review)

Corpsessed - Impetus of DeathThis is the second album from Corpsessed, a Finnish death metal band.

It’s seems like a very long time since 2014’s Abysmal Thresholds was released on an unsuspecting world, so it’s great to finally have some new material unleashed from Corpsessed. Their debut remains a favourite of mine, so this new one – 48 minutes of material – is very well-received.

My expectations and hopes have been met, too, I’m pleased to say. Featuring members of Tyranny, Perdition Winds, and Lie in Ruins, Corpsessed are simply one of the best bands out there that play this kind of filthy, atmospheric, layered death metal.

No, this is not your standard death metal. Brutality and aggression are here in spades, of course, but Corpsessed also supply macabre atmosphere, sinister moods, and bucketfuls of malignant presence.

Rooted in old-school death metal, but updated to deal with, and as a reaction to, all of the horror and darkness that exists in the present day, these songs are grim and nasty. They draw you in with ferociously affecting riffs and impressive death metal songwriting, and keep your attention rapt with substantive depths that feel like an abyss is opening beneath you as you absorb the foul hymns to death that the band pour into your willing mind.

This is music that reeks of menace and threat. Since their debut album it seems that Corpsessed have mastered the arts of terror and fear even more than they already had, and Impetus of Death is a colossal merging of timeless death metal appeal and complete nightmare mood.

Corpsessed sound evil. It’s that simple, really.

This is clearly music that the band firmly believe in and have spent time on. The amount of skill and craftmanship that has gone into creating these monstrous songs is easily apparent, and I have to say that the band’s hard work has definitely paid off.

This is as essential as this sort of music gets.

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