Desecrate the Faith
Unholy Infestation

I’m not sure what’s worse; that I know exactly what this is going to sound like before I it play or that I’m still going to enjoy it. I mean is there a label that has a more predictable output that Comatose Records? And I mean that in a good way. You know exactly what you are getting with a Comatose release, more so than any label out there, and Houston’s Desecrate the Faith do not disappoint.

I didn’t give these guys a second thought after 2015s Disfigured Arrangement released on Ossuary Industries, but now making the jump to Comatose, I thought I’d check them out, even if Comatose is predictable, there really hasn’t been a release of theirs over the last few years I’ve truly disliked. That said, there hasn’t been many that have completely blown me away either, and that’s where Unholy Infestation falls.

The temptation to copy and paste any of the recent Comatose reviews (Face of Oblivion, Neurogenic, Murder Made God, Atrocious Abnormality, Incinerate, Abhorrent Deformity etc), published on this very site and just change band and song names was strong. It would have worked, trust me. But Desecrate the Faith, while being the very epitome of brutal, Comatose death metal band kept my attention just enough to warrant a little more.

Whether it’s more blasphemous, less typical broodle death metal tropes and mysogny, little black metal influence as heard on “Magna Daemonia” and standout “Angel Eater” or  more patient lumbering moments like opener “Daemones Nos Ave Satanas”, “Predatory Impalement” and “Septic Womb”  there’s is just a little more depth. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of standard Comatose-y stuff; the deep vocals the clicky drums, pinch harmonic filled blasts and guttural slams as heard on “Shrine of Enmity”, “Unholy Infestation”, “Ceremonial Invocation” and “Sacrilege Reborn”.

Closer “Let Us Burn (The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit)” ends the album with a little bit of everything, almost being a brutal black metal number, showing that Desecrate the Faith, while not a game changer offer just a shade more than your typical Comatose affair.

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Written by Erik T
March 23rd, 2017

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