Germany’s Unholy Prophecies has just released a 7″ split that for me is the stuff of daydreams, even though it sounds like a waking nightmare. The split joins together two of the best and most hellish propagators of old-school death metal who are currently active, and they have both outdone themselves. The bands are Putrevore and Putrefact, and their split is entitled Funebre Plague Into Darkness.
Putrevore is a joint project of Sweden’s Rogga Johansson (Ribspreader, Paganizer, Bone Gnawer, Demiurg, etc.) and Spain’s Dave Rotten (Avulsed, Christ Denied). I discovered Putrevore through their second album, 2012’s Macabre Kingdom. If you were looking for pure, unadulterated, unforgiving, horrific death metal in 2012, you couldn’t go wrong with that record. You still can’t. It’s an unstoppable battle tank that’s both catastrophic in its atmospherics and also strangely addictive, so much so that I included one of its tracks on our list of the year’s “Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs”.
Putrevore’s track on the new split is “A Cold Grasp In the Night”, and it’s utterly obliterating. The riffs come fast and furious, like an over-heated pile-driver fueled by an accelerant that puts gasoline to shame. The drumming is superb, and superbly merciless. And Dave Rotten’s vocals sound like they’re welling up from a deep sewer that hasn’t been flushed clean in decades. And before the song ends, it dives into an off-speed crush-fest that’s just as compelling as the full-bore adrenaline surge that precedes it. A thoroughly energizing song that will zap you right in the brainstem. Check it out:
Putrefact are a relatively new band from Mexico consisting of past and present members from other bands such as Disgorge, Ravager, and Havavitz. They produced a demo in 2012 and a 2013 EP on the Pulverised label entitled Of Those Who Were Deceased, which I reviewed here. You can hear that monstrosity and acquire it at this location.
Putrefact’s song is “Mórbido Obscuro”, and it’s a fitting complement to Putrevore’s track. It’s caked in old-school grit and grime, charged with rapidly grinding guitars, a snare-heavy percussion attack, and frightening vocal groans and banshee shrieks that echo with inhuman malignance. Like Putrevore’s song, “Mórbido Obscuro” is a high-speed assault, but there’s a groove in the song’s mid-section that’s guaranteed to produce a Pavlovian headbang response. So evil, so delicious.
The year is still young, but I have a feeling that even 11 months from now this little split will still be standing as one of the best short old-school death metal releases of the year. You can buy it on vinyl or download it digitally at the following location. The eye-catchingly morbid cover art, which goes so well with the color scheme of our humble site, is by Maggot of All Things Rotten.