Rendered Helpless
Suffer, Seraphim

There’s sure to be a lot of discussion at years end about what the ‘heaviest’  (a relative term of course) album of the year was. From what I’ve heard so far I and my exposure is limited due to the amount of stuff in all genres I review and what we are sent) in 2019 the likes of Organectomy, Vulvodynia, Distant, Disentomb, I Killed Everyone are in the hunt , and I’m sure plenty of other obscure ones I’ve missed.

But right now, sitting close atop the heap is Distant’s Tyrannotopia and this the third album from one man project from Organectomy vocalist Alexander Paul. Although released earlier this year, due to some longer than expected shipping times, it only arrived in my hands a few weeks ago, but was worth the wait, if only for that fucking amazing cover art.

What we have here is utterly brutal down tuned slam death metal of the absolute slammiest kind. 33 minutes , 8 songs 1 intro (from the movie Dracula Unborn) of the most over the top, grooving, pummeling releases I’ve ever heard. It’s actually kinda hard to explain or verbalize as this is one of those releases that really needs to be heard, on a loud stereo to fully comprehend, but I have to confess, every time I did that I had a splitting headache. Seriously.

From “Insatiable Domination” to slightly more moody but still devastating largely instrumental “The Emperor of Nothing”, the tracks just destroy everything in their path with similar relentless abandon. It’s not really 8 tracks, just 8 segments of slightly different ways to have your skull crushed into a pulp. If I had to pick one or two that beat me down a little harder than the others, the more foreboding atmosphere of “Matriarchal Devirgination” and slower lopes of “Malediction” and “Transhuman Dread” as well as the aforementioned closer , as the slightly slower burn is utterly oppressive as opposed to some of the faster squeal and slam tones. And for slam, its not all guts gore and tits, it has a more malevolent themes.

I had major neck surgery in May of this year, but it looks like its all for naught, as when this drops, as I instantly break any vertebral neck fusion that has occurred with immediate head banging. Ouch.

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Written by E. Thomas
June 28th, 2019

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