Burial Invocation
Abiogenesis

I don’t know how Dark Descent continues to do it but man do they find palpably, pummeling old school death metal bands.  Turkey’s Burial Invocation waste absolutely zero time with their debut full length album Abiogenesis.  Featuring former members of the group Cenotaph I was expecting more of a brutal, gore styled form of death metal. I was a big fan of Puked Genital Purulency that came out back in 1999.  Burial Invocation however play a more maturely structured form of morbid death metal.

According to their bio Burial Invocation are heavily influenced by Finnish death metal which is not surprising in any bit. Opening up with the massive opening track “Revival” which is almost ten minutes long. The track opens with some black metallish rhythmic guitar progressions with double kick drum accompaniment into some blast sections.  This all transitions into some circle pit inducing slam death for a few measures and then a tapping lead is played over the top.  There is a lot going on with Burial Invocation’s song arrangements.   There is an awesome beat down slam section at about three and half minutes into the song that is super catchy. Mustafa Yildiz’s vocals remind of Scott Reigel from Brutality.

For the most part all of the tracks on Abiogenesis are at least ten minutes with the exception of the last track, “Tenebrous Horizons” which kicks in at around a little over two and half minutes.  The title track Abiogenesis is probably my favorite on the record and starts off tough right out of the gate. Cihan Akun riffing and lead work is stellar throughout this track the whole album.  I quite enjoy the old school approach to the lead work throughout. The harmonies and overall production are top notch and crystal clear. “Visions of Hereafter” is another memorably catchy tune that reminds me of Human era Death a bit.  Just a tinge.  About two minutes in is one of the catchiest riffs on the record. “Phantasmagoric Transcendence” is probably the grossest track on the album with some gnarly, slow octave and minor third harmony sections that go into an old school death thrash part that reminds me a bit of old Into Eternity era Desultory.

Finishing up with “Tenebrous Horizons” which has a really nicely played acoustic intro which is a nice way to break up the previous four ten minute massively huge slab of old school death metal. Then they decide to add cellos on top of the acoustic guitar parts. Really interesting way to end the record.   This is a really ambitious debut and between this and Skeletal Remains I would say 2018 has been a huge win for Dark Descent Records and I do not think they are done yet.  I look forward to what these Turkish sickos come up with in the near future.  Highly recommended.

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Written by Nick K
August 3rd, 2018

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