Ominous Scriptures – Rituals of Mass Self-Ignition (Review)

Ominous Scriptures - Rituals of Mass Self-IgnitionOminous Scriptures are a death metal band from Belarus and this is their third album.

Featuring current and ex-members of Relics of Humanity, Rituals of Mass Self-Ignition is a 30-minute brutal death metal album that’s unforgiving and merciless.

The year is 2000, the music causes carnage and mayhem with its very presence, the vocalist has just become possessed by a hideous daemon, and the recording is warm, organic, and dripping with blood. Welcome to the dark underworld of Ominous Scriptures. This is brutal death by way of USDM, and the collision of the two has produced something murderous and ugly.

These eight songs offer up a feast of bloody brutality and blasphemous extremity. It’s a ridiculously tasty treat for anyone who likes their death metal brutal, crushing, and authentically natural and unforced in style. The latter is also true of the production, as alluded to above, which eschews modern polish and instead goes for gory grit.

Amidst the barbaric punishment and violent beatings that the music dishes out with feral glee are flashes of technicality. These ably demonstrate that when the band aren’t smashing your skull in with blunt force trauma, they’re more than capable of picking up the scalpel and unleashing some precise surgical brutality.

Rituals of Mass Self-Ignition is a solid slab of 00’s death metal. It’s brutally satisfying and enjoyable, and I’d recommend it for anyone into bands such as Deicide, Disentomb, Deeds of Flesh, Suffocation, Severe Torture, Vile, etc.

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