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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review: Angelcide - Hunting Astral Prey

Initially conceived by former Abazagorath vocalist/guitarist Maelstrom in 2003 as New Jersey's first depressive black metal band, the one man project Angelcide eventually wound its way into a blackened-death metal sound with a full length in 2009, After a six-year silence has been broken this new offering is one of the most impressive and dynamic efforts of the year.

Utilizing a heavy-handed form of raw black/death metal for its main weapon of attack, this one here gets plenty of mileage out of these two tactics here with the focus on the tremolo-picked rhythms that are so common to the scene whipping up a high-speed ferocious assault throughout here, generating plenty of enjoyable moments in tracks like ‘Luker’ and ‘Mauler’ while the nearly two-minute opener ‘Sadistic Astral Skullfuck’ confines this attack into a much more concise effort. Alongside these fiery black metal segments there’s a hard-charging series of death metal rhythms keeping this one from going full-on black metal as there’s a raw edge generated here with these placed alongside the tremolo riffing, giving this a much more dynamic and impressive attack in efforts like ‘Hunting Astral Prey’ or ‘Raped Celestial Body.’ While these here give this one a rather enjoyable attack, it’s all quite too easy to spot the flaw of this one as it’s mostly centered on the album’s final track which has a rather obvious problem about it. Not only does it by itself take up a third of the album’s overall running time doing nothing more than just incessantly beeping away, by itself a big problem but also going for so long that the album feels a little too short without much else placed on the album in order to keep that track on here. Otherwise this one isn’t all that bad.

Despite one big flaw overall here that does seem to hinder this one somewhat, the rest of the album offers up plenty of ravenous and raw black/death metal that’s enjoyable enough to make for an appealing time for all fans of the style or can put up with that flaw to enjoy some savage extreme metal. 8/10

Written by Don Anelli


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