Poisonous: Perdition’s Den

Originally out in 2010 as a vinyl release through Blood Harvest Productions, Perdition’s Den from Brazilian death metal band Poisonous is one of those albums which deserves a wider route into the ears of the world and that is just what it has got with its upcoming re-release through Metalhit.com on July 17th.  The album is not one to rip up the blueprint of the genre or overtly stretch its boundaries but is simply a well formed and strongly presented slab of straight forward unadulterated death metal.

Poisonous emerged from the ashes of Impetuous Rage, a band which found its own decent respect in the underground scene and for their album Inverted Redemption. Whereas Impetuous Rage had a sound which could be said to be influenced by the likes of Monstrosity, Deicide, and Vital Remains, the sounds of Poisonous have a heavier and fuller consumption borne from the dark corners of death which bands like Autopsy, Immolation, and Incantation frequent.2009 saw a two track demo from the band gain good approval and included a great version of The Black Vomit from Sarcófago, the same song also closing up Perdition’s Den to great effect. With the re-release of their album one can only think those great responses will escalate far beyond what it received with its previous limited exposure.

The album immediately rears over the senses with opener Subterranean Rules, its bulk a weighty intensity preying on the ear with shuddering riffs and jabbing beats. As the lurking evil of the song exposes itself through the vocals the track raises its temperature and attack, the rhythms at times stepping out of the driven assault to offer a seemingly chaotic and loose aspect to the track. It is all intended and controlled though and is a pleasing feature which reappears throughout the release.

The venomous Worthless Christ ruptures synapses with pure malevolence next to be forcibly backed up by the ravenous breath of Creeping Impurity and the sheer blackness of heart and sound of Blasphemy Arises from the Knowledge. The album as it drives through the ear to permeate every pore with its tenacious venom is a soiling storm with only earns positive thoughts and reactions. From the songwriting through its realisation in further strong songs like Black Clouds And Fever and the title track, to the giving production, Perdition’s Den is an enjoyable and easy to access release. As mentioned it does not force open new avenues but brings what we will call traditional elements of death metal through a fresh and sure touch.

Poisonous have a release which makes no apologies for exposing and violating shadows or the black heart of its victims. It is nasty, uncaring of your sanity, and a vicious rage, it is also a release all old school death metal fans will adore.

RingMaster 10/07/2012

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Nocturnal Torment: They Come At Night

They Come At Night is the debut album from US metalers Nocturnal Torment which has been twenty years in the making. Well not exactly true as though formed in 1988 commitments of the members to other projects  and bands took precedent resulting in Nocturnal Torment becoming dormant until recently. With a sound heavily soaked in the black depths of old school death metal lined with a thrash intensity recalling the likes of Pestilence, Monstrosity, Kreator, and Dark Angel, the Indiana based quartet of Mark Schultz (Guitar/Vocals), Tom Stathis (Guitar/Vocals), Pete Clemens (Bass), and Dave Ross (Drums)return with an album that does grabs attention. With riffs that slam hard and grooves that whip a storm throughout the ear the release leaves a distinct mark but not always for what it intended.  At times it verges on uncontrolled randomness and messy to overall disappoint and offer nothing really to excite.

Very often the nine tracks within They Come At Night produce ear startlingly moments that threaten to light up the senses but just as often they are whipped away by the bands desire to unleash a storm upon the senses without any kind of seeming subtlety or care. The songs often feel like a patchwork of ideas and a flurry of riffs just eager to assault without a clear and seamless transition. To be fair often this works well as in Cycle Of Life and Sweet Decay but it is rarely sustained. It is almost as if the band is trying to bring tech metal into play without actually going there, and as if they are playing with structures without either understanding how. For a band whose  bio suggests its members have been in bands since Nocturnal Torment had its enforced hiatus it is a surprisingly loose display and makes one ask whether the recordings come from back in their formative years though there is nothing else to suggest it.

Despite these things tracks like the aforementioned Cycle Of Life and Sweet Decay, plus Forever Eternal Darkness do hit the mark more often than not without ever being truly satisfying as do moments in the likes of Fresh Flesh Fetish and the title track. The heavy barracking of the drums and abusive riffs are malicious which drives the songs home powerfully and to their benefit erecting a wall of intensity that covers the less successful things beneath at times. I have to say that the desire to really like this album often reared its head on the album, and in many ways They Come At Night gives firm suggestion of possible great things ahead for Nocturnal Torment once they work on their style and fine tune what are basically bold and inventive ideas. They Come At Night is far from a car crash and should be checked out but against similar veined releases such as the new Desaster album it pales sadly.

RingMaster 23/02/2012

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