Rex Shachath
Sepulchral Torment EP

Death metal has become so crowded with genre-splitters, tech freaks, and old school imitators that we sometimes forget the taste of the meat and potatoes stuff. It takes a band from Northern Ireland called Rex Shachath to serve that traditional meal up right. You know that whole thing about not over-thinking everything and just going for it? That’s Sepulchral Torment.

Getting to the point then, Sepulchral Torment is a mighty fine EP of right-down-the-middle, song-based traditional death metal of the U.S. variety that rumbles, crunches, and grooves with blood ‘n guts spirit. A little Slayer does work its way into the mix, much like one hears in the work of Vomitory (Swedish yes, but the template is USDM) on the title track. The momentum is kept at a high level right on through to the quick tempo and rapid-fire vocal cadence of closing cut “Statues of Death.”

It’s true; the five proper tracks (the track “Into” is cleverly used as an, um, introduction to the EP) are of FDA (Food and Death Administration) approved quality. In terms of standouts, the title track runs neck-and-neck with the complexly metaphorical (just kidding) “Follow the Bastard Prophet,” which not only feeds the DM hungry with a monstrous chorus rumble and a mid-tempo foray into Cannibal Corpse territory, but also sports one of the better blood-curdling screams I’ve heard in recent Death Metal history (it reappears during “Blind from Birth”).

Yeah, I needed that. On Sepulchral Torment, Rex Shachath pisses all over pretension and just plain gets the job done. Nice one, boys!

[Visit the band's website]
Written by Scott Alisoglu
September 17th, 2012

Comments

Leave a Reply

Privacy notice: When you submit a comment, your creditentials, message and IP address will be logged. A cookie will also be created on your browser with your chosen name and email, so that you do not need to type them again to post a new comment. All post and details will also go through an automatic spam check via Akismet's servers and need to be manually approved (so don't wonder about the delay). We purge our logs from your meta-data at frequent intervals.

  • Welicoruss - Siberian Heathen Horde
  • Verthebral - Abysmal Decay
  • Hanging Garden - Into That Good Night
  • Raider - Guardian of the Fire
  • Aronious - Perspicacity
  • Conflict - Decision Code
  • Izthmi - The Arrows of Our Ways
  • Leeched - To Dull the Blades of Your Abuse
  • Nexorum - Death Unchained
  • White Stones - Kuarahy
  • Yoth Iria - Under His Sway EP
  • The River - Vessels Into White Tides
  • Thoren - Gwarth II
  • Victorius - Space Ninjas From Hell
  • Konvent - Puritan Masochism