Implicit Obedience

A handful of lesser known, lower profile releases of brutal/technical death metal have grabbed my attention of late; the likes of Pyrrhon, Nocturnal Torment, and Parasitized have shown that there is still plenty of new bands from unexpected realms delivering material to compare to big boys like Origin, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Spawn of Possession and such, and here is the debut from Japan’s Desecravity to prove just that.

Though initially one might think that Desecravity‘s brutal, technical vortex of death metal as well as their moniker and album name implies your standard Unique Leader affair, (which to some extent is true, and certainly not a bad thing) further listening to Implicit Obedience unravels a little more. Indeed it took me a few listens to fully appreciate Desecravity‘s take on chaotic, savage death metal. And much like their moniker which you might think is a normal word, but doesn’t really exist and pulls something from other words, their take on death metal might initially be something you think you are familiar with and pulls from other sounds, but once it sets its hooks in you, you realize you might be looking at something new.

Produced by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, etc), Desecravity certainly have Floridian bloodlines in their sound, but inject plenty of California tech  brutality that can be linked to the likes of Odious Mortem, Severed Savior and of course Decrepit Birth. However, rather than display their technical chops with sweeps or nifty solo work, Desecravity‘s chosen weapon is discordant, layered, serpentine riffage and choppy, unpredictable drum patterns. And while the constant barrage of time changes, blistering technicality and salvos of brutality could initially stun some listeners into submission, the fact is Desecravity rein it in just when you think ts getting to be too much. Also, Yujiro Suzuki keeps things grounded with a steady, deep bellow(and a few odd shrieks) that by it’s deep but constant natures, gives the music some semblance of familiarity and structure, though lyrically, he seems to remain in the school of  Suffocation styled simplicity.

Atmospheric intro “Into the Unknown” lulls you into a false sense of security before “Enthralled in Hatred” explodes from the speakers and from there its a compact but brutal 32 minutes of technical fury. No slow tracks, no interludes, no samples and unlike some of their country mates who tend to add some air of eccentricity or quirkiness to an established sound, Desecravity  simply don’t fuck about  and you’d have no idea of their country of origin based on their music alone. All the way through “Demonize the Old Enemy”, “Condemnation” and “Extinction With Hatred”, right up until closer “Dark Dimension” Implicit Obedience it  no non sense top notch technical ferocity that is always make the listener pay attention and delivers something challenging without spiraling into pure wankery, something the new Spawn of Possession is a little guilty of, or forgetful noise (Beneath the Massacre).

A great, new find for Willowtip.



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Written by Erik T
March 5th, 2012


  1. Commented by: gabaghoul

    I thought this sounded really impressive but quickly turned into chaotic background music. not enough to grab onto.

  2. Commented by: Erik T

    I was the opposite Jordan- started as chaos then the more i listened the more it made more sense

  3. Commented by: Juan Manuel Pinto

    Willowtip has always had a good ear for great technical death metal

  4. Commented by: gabaghoul

    I’ll have to put a few more listens in then.

  5. Commented by: Reignman35

    I agree with Gab… I wanted to be blown away by this and they have all the tools to do so, but it didn’t grab me like I thought right out of the gate. Might need a few more spins.

  6. Commented by: Fred Laner

    This is already one of the best releases of this year. Terrific songwriting that doesn’t deteriorate into OCD masturbationals, constantly riveting brutality, great low growls that are definitely an improvement over the ones on Spawn of Possession’s latest (though that too was musically really good). This is one of those bands where you just KNOW their next album is going be absolutely essential. Songs like Enthralled in Hatred, Extinction With Hatred, and especially Hades are three of the best death metal tracks of the year, if not the broader genre of metal itself.

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