Death metal band Pseudogod come back this year with a compilation that collects songs from their early demos and splits. Falling into an intersection between blasting, grindcore-influenced death metal ala Infester and the more recent approach of “atmospheric” death metal bands, the result at times approaches war metal, but avoids the stagnancy of the music typical of that genre. Contrasting Pseudogod’s 2012 Deathwomb Catechesis, which was more of an empty blast-fest similar to the more popular extreme metal outfits,this early output is full of content and in the spirit of good death metal of its kind, tends heavily towards progressive structures. This includes more paused sections that allow the songs to breathe in the middle of the faster, more suffocating parts. This is done with enough grace and consistency in style to seem smooth and appropriate. Although not masterpieces of structure-oriented composition and leaning on the riff-salad side of death metal composition, this release showcases Pseudogod’s earliest and most promising output.
Tags: 2015, compilation, death metal, Pseudogod, Sepulchral Chants
2 thoughts on “Pseudogod – Sepulchral Chants (2015)”
You need to revisit “Deathwomb Catechesis”. The composition on that album is very much in line with what’s on this compilation; in fact, about half of the songs from the album are on this compilation in some form or another.
Nah, it’s worse than this. This one is just OK, better than that album, but it isn’t great either.
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