Acephalix – Theothanatology (Review)

Acephalix - TheothanatologyAcephalix are a death metal band from the US and this is their fourth album.

Theothanatology, (which features a member of Draghkar/Vastum), is an album of blunt brutality, repeatedly slamming broken bits of gravestone into your head across 32 minutes of death metal barbarity.

Acephalix play a primal, ugly form of morbid death metal. Buried inside the music’s rotting corpse are fragments of crusty hardcore, lending extra force to its jagged bite. Imagine a mix of different body parts from bands like Entombed, Six Feet Under, Exhumed, Necrot, Napalm Death, and Gatecreeper, and you’ll have a rough idea of the shambling horror that is Acephalix.

The songs are focused and efficient. No track exceeds four minutes in duration, with the exception of the closing one. They’re ferocious and single-minded in their deadly pursuit of violence. Crushing groove hits with the force of a falling tomb, and aggressive riffs spoil for a fight right from the start.

The band’s old-school approach is tried and tested, and they’re clearly skilled and passionate about their gruesome material. The song-based style lends itself to many bloody hooks and catchy bouts of nastiness, and Theothanatology delivers the mouldy goods with brutal and barbaric force.

Theothanatology is a solid slab of hideous death metal, and fans of the style will find much to munch on with Acephalix’s latest platter.

A recommended listen.

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