Desecravity – Anathema (Review)

Desecravity - AnathemaDesecravity are a Japanese death metal band and this is their third album.

Desecravity play technical death metal that’s ultra-brutal and exceedingly violent, and that’s putting it mildly.

This is the type of devastating death metal that thunders by in a whirlwind of serrated riffs, jaw-dropping time changes, and barbarous brutality. The band’s relentless aggression and twisting technicality is warped and insane, seemingly kept in check only by the bloodthirsty carnage of the song structures employed.

Desecravity’s music manages to hit that oft-neglected sweet spot between an extremely technical approach and a direct, brutal one. Anathema definitely veers closer to the former than the latter, but it’s the balance between these aspects, rather than their equality, which is important here. Add to this songs that don’t allow the technicality to disappear up its own behind, as well as a singer with an impressive throaty roar, and you have a thoroughly enjoyable collection of tracks.

There’s a lot going on in these songs. Unless you’re a hardened connoisseur of the extreme metal arts it might be too much, but I urge you to stick with it regardless, as there are some real gems to be discovered here.

Anathema is a complete assault on the listener, combining head-spinning technicality with brutal savagery to great effect. I was looking forward to hearing this, and it hasn’t disappointed.

Highly recommended.

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