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Reptilian Death: The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence

Just look at the cover art on this album: like something out of one of the Alien movies, this creature is simultaneously hungry and angry. In one of its claws, the monster holds a skull covered in blood, clearly the remains of a recently completed meal. Lots of bands attempt strong and shocking covers. This one succeeds in making the monster actually look threatening.

I've never heard of Reptilian Death until now. That's too bad. The band has been working hard for over twelve years to establish itself as a key part of the Indian metal scene. For readers who don't know much about metal in India, look no further. The members of these guys bring as heavy a sound as they can muster, one that it deep and driven. Just listen to any of the tracks here and you'll hear a blend of down-tuned terror, complete with some of the most threatening-sounding vocals I've heard in a long time.

The music on this album is good and should attract new fans and old fans alike. In the past, the band has parodied some of the oh-so-serious conventions of death / black metal with songs like "Rhymes for Satan's Children." Some of that tongue-in-cheek humor comes across on this album. Some of the song titles are clearly meant as a jab at certain aspects of the metal genre. Still, the music is generally straightforward death metal that wants to be taken seriously.

For a good introduction to this album's overall sound, check out "Emerge, Hatred, Emerge" and "Patchwork and the Art of Skinning," two of the best tracks, mostly because of their strong guitar parts. Also: be sure to check out a picture of these guys online. Like other bands, these guys perform in masks; unlike other bands, though, a couple of these guys look like the masks may have actually fused to their faces.

Track Listing:
1. PrimEvil
2. Inchoate
3. Stimulate Hike Impel Tear
4. Soaked with the Imperfections of Puerile Blood
5. Emerge, Hatred, Emerge
6. Distorted by Bondage Blood and Bestiality
7. Unnervingly Perverted at the Altar
8. Patchwork and the Art of Skinning
9. O
10. Now You Graze Upon Me

Added: October 17th 2013
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 1238
Language: english

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