BARGAIN BIN REVIEWS – Angerpath’s “Forgotten World”

It’s a shame to see Von of Liturgy end his label/distro Epitomite Productions, though not a high end label, they released some solid stuff throughout the years, recently releasing decent CDs from the likes of Abacinate and Domination Through Impurity. However, there is a silver lining to every cloud and for me it’s the massive clearance sale that Epitomite Productions had, getting rid of their stock ate ridiculous prices, and while most of the good stuff went early I was able to pick up a couple of older CDs for $3 including Axamenta’s Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture and the as yet only released from Polish Death metal act Angerpath, 2007s Forgotten World.

by Erik T

A relatively blind purchase, I grabbed Forgotten World after hearing a portion of one of their tracks playing at Epitomite’s site. Everything about the CD screamed low quality late ’90s American death metal, from the cover to the album title. However, what Angerpath play is actually a very enjoyable form of chunky, beefy European (Belgian) styled death metal. The music shares some traits of their polish peers (notably Behemoth and Vader), but in the end Angerpath has more in common with the likes of Aborted, Konkhra, The Cleansing and Illdisposed.

With a massive low end production, Angerpath’s 37-minute debut isn’t going to wow anyone with technicality or speed, but steady low ends rumbles and grooves that aren’t groundbreaking musically, but at times can be literally. Forgotten World isn’t about fancy shredding or complex time changes, its  about bludgeoning  mid-pace grooves and a few blast beats with deep throaty vocals. From the opening march of “Forbidden Voice For All” Angerpath‘s goal is apparent as the assault begins in ernest with essentially a template for the rest of the album, featuring some huge lopes and steady, pummeling rhythm section,  that’s unpretentious, solid death metal. The rest of the album basically follows suite with tracks balancing massive riffs like “Closed in a Small Thought” and the epic “Hopes”  with more urgent but still relatively restrained blasts like ‘The Darkest Moment” and the title track (after a little forced atmospherics).

Admittedly by the time closer “Every Little Word”, rounds things out, you’ve heard everything Angerpath has to offer, and the deep spoken words are a bit hokey, but I have to admit whenever one of their tracks pops on on shuffle on my Ipod, my neck starts to snap instantly, and the price was right for a new band to me.  It’s just simple, burly death metal goodness that has me keeping an eye on the band for a hopeful future release and Angerpath wont be forgotten as a Polish, no name death metal one hit wonder.



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