Dehuman Reign
Descending Upon the Oblivious

I have not heard Germany’s Dehuman Reign since I reviewed their debut EP, Destructive Intent, back in 2013. They released an album Ascending From Below back in 2016, but based on album number 3, not much has changed since the EP, as this is stout American death metal for fans of Cannibal Corpse, Monstrosity and Malevolent Creation.

There’s not much more to expound upon really. It’s pretty well done, has a nice modern beefy production, no-frill Corpsegrinder ish vocals, lots of blasting and a few grooves and overall a competent no-nonsense release. There are no real standout tracks, but no bad tracks either. The 9 songs and 3 interludes blast by with gusto for 44 minutes and rarely break rank.

If I had to pick a couple of better tracks, it’d be “‘Serenade to the Blood Moon”, the surprisingly melodic “Caputo”, or the catchy canter of “Eternity’s Embrace”  as they add some melodic, variety and a few little slower lumbers amid the standard American blasts. That said one of the pure blasters “Repay Your Dept in Blood” caught my ear with a pretty solid main riff.

Rounded out by 6 minute “Self Induced Mass Extinction”, the album’s only real ‘slower’ number (though it has some blasts as well),  I found my self enjoying the album more and more, as the band lock into a pretty cool melodic but beefy form of death metal. But it FDA records so you know you are not going to get anything bad from the label, especially when it comes to death metal.

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Written by Erik T
December 17th, 2020

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