Eximperitus – Šahrartu (Review)

Eximperitus - ŠahrartuEximperitus, (full name – Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum), are a death metal band from Belarus, and this is their second album.

Eximperitus play technical death metal delivered with occult trappings, resulting in a 39-minute journey into an extremely high quality and well-defined world. If you’re a fan of bands like Nile, then this is definitely one to check out.

The music is brutal, but not without finesse. It is apparent very early on that Eximperitus are a band that have taken the time to shape their songs according to their own narrative values, rather than simply throwing together thoughtless riffs or aimless structures. Eximperitus have clearly put a great deal of time and effort into these compositions. The songs are crafted with care and attention to detail, balancing dynamics, atmosphere, technicality, emotive melody, and brutality alongside each other to produce songs that stand proudly as masters of their own achievements.

Eximperitus make good use of melody to provide their music with a core of feeling and humanity, and lighter textures occasionally appear to service this end too. Juxtaposed against this is an intensity of delivery that may be utterly brutal in many ways, but never moves too far away from the band’s emotive core. This results in music that is surprisingly expressive for something of this ilk, and is testament to the strength of the band’s songwriting skills.

On top of the above, the vocals are utterly cold and inhuman. Despite how melodic, atmospheric, or emotive the music may be, (within its death metal framework), the singer’s guttural growls are reliably merciless.

Eximperitus have put together an impressive record on Šahrartu. Whether it’s killer brutality, engaging melody, or captivating song structures that you’re after, this album is likely to satisfy.

Highly recommended for fans of death metal everywhere.

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