Fornicus – Sulphuric Omnipotence – (Review)

Fornicus - Sulphuric OmnipotenceFornicus are a black/death metal band from the US and this is their third album.

I enjoyed both 2014’s Storming Heaven and 2016’s Hymns of Dominion, but it seems that on Sulphuric Omnipotence Fornicus have taken things up a notch, and now my attention is well and truly grabbed. Across nine tracks of blistering brutality, the band tear out their black/death hybrid style with pure venom and withering power.

Fornicus play scathing black metal with dark death metal thrown in for good measure, resulting in Sulphuric Omnipotence‘s muscular assault. Aggressively sinister, with acidic melodic bite and dark deathly heaviness, these songs offer the listener 42 minutes of ruthless, bloodthirsty material to enjoy.

The songs are all well-written and there’s plenty of meaty content to get your teeth into. Dripping with malice and vicious intent, these songs combine brutal blackened destructiveness with ominous atmospheric components. These latter parts are important, as they allow the band to have a broader reach then they might otherwise have, and some of the menacing moods they create are quite immersive.

There’s something very satisfying about the material on this album. It really hits the mark; Fornicus have produced an album that has enough instant gratification to demand your attention, but enough depth of delivery to hold it repeatedly. I’ve enjoyed Fornicus’ work in the past, but I have to say that I think this is their most brutally effective album to date.

Very highly recommended.

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