Three years on from their 2016 debut album Chaostorm, the Turkish marauders in Hellsodomy are storming the gates of civility and innocence once again with a new full-length blast of blackened death/thrash named Morbid Cult. This new scourge of full-throttle ferocity shows the benefit of the band’s prolific live appearances, which have included not only shows in Istanbul but also festival and tour appearances across Europe. The music is razor-sharp in its execution, but blazes with high-octane intensity and lethal intent.
The new album is set for release by Saturnal Records on December 6th, and today we’ve got the premiere of an album track named “Pestilence of Black Blood” which proves the truth of those preceding words but also reveals the band’s talent for creating atmosphere and dynamic momentum at the same time as they’re whipping your pulse-rate into overdrive..
The song is undeniably ferocious, produced with knife-sharp clarity but also spine-shaking power. Speaking of pulse-rates, the pulse of the riffing is jolting and jarring, darting and daring, while the bass lends a deep rumbling thrust and the snare drum provides a cracking pulse of its own. But that electrifying opening proves to be just a prelude to an outburst of savagery, the guitars converting into a maniacal swarming frenzy and the drummer kicking the percussive assault into high gear, while the vocalist barks like a rabid wolf.
The guitar leads continue to rapidly pulse and flicker in a crazed, adrenaline-fueled harmony that gets the blood rushing in a torrent, and also to boil with the sound of demented delirium. The assault does briefly abate, and when the drumming slows, the squirming flicker of the lead takes on a beleaguered, hopeless cast. But when the surge resumes, there’s an air of triumph in the melody.
“Pestilence of Black Blood” is the second track to be revealed so far from the album. We’re also including a stream of the first one, “From the Seed To the Grave“, which races in a mad gallop from start to finish as the vocalist vents blood-lusting howls. It combines throat-punching grooves and incendiary guitar work, and includes a jet-fueled, spit-fire solo that propels the music to new heights of hellraising joy.
Look for Morbid Cult on December 6th via Saturnal — you can put your pre-orders in now: