Ahtme – Mephitic (Review)

Ahtme - MephiticThis is the second album from Ahtme, a death metal band from the US.

2018’s Sewerborn was a very satisfying slab of death metal, one that hit the spot quite ferociously. I’ve been looking forward to its follow-up, and haven’t been disappointed.

Shorter and more concise than its predecessor, Mephitic is 36 minutes of aggressive heaviness. The trimmed song lengths and more focused delivery is effective, and Mephitic is an album that is easy to replay.

Ahtme combine grooving heaviness, forceful riffs, and precise technicality into their music, producing songs that bludgeon and crush as you would want them to. The band’s brutality is tempered by a song-based style that relies on technical flourishes to add depth and belligerent violence to add power. It’s a formula that works well across the album, and Mephitic benefits from the band’s solid approach to songwriting.

If you’re a fan of death metal then this is pretty easy listening, and I mean that in a good way. This album seems to invite you to just play it immediately again after it has blasted and grooved its way through its running time, and it provides plenty of entertainment and enjoyment as it does so.

A recommended listen.

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