Saturday, March 19, 2011

Witchrist - Beheaded Ouroboros (2010)


It took me awhile to get around to listening to this, but it's great. What is with Australia and New Zealand putting out some of the most amazing death metal? Keep it coming, please.

Aside from the fact that the intro sounds like the fucking Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyworld, this record is insanely heavy and full of doom - there's an absolute wall of sound from start to finish. Witchrist shares a few members and some musical similarities with the equally awesome Diocletian (plus they're named after one of my favorite Roman emperors...). This is their first full length and was released on Invictus.

"Beheaded Ouroboros" is very well mixed, particularly the minimal vocals that don't overshadow the filthy guitar tones or sludgy bass. Some crazy guitar riffs keep it from being boring and predictable. Definitely a quality death metal record and fans of Portal (though this is much less weird) and maybe early Bolt Thrower with love this. There are some black metal elements creeping around in there, too. I'm not sure about the band name or some of the song titles, but you can't have everything.

Tracklist:
1. Sorcerer of Lightning
2. Devour the Flesh
3. Temple of War
4. Adoration of the Black Messiah
5. The Cauldron
6. Shrine of Skulls
7. Deathbitch
8. Judgement and Torment

Definitely give it a listen. And then you're going to want to buy it, because aside from the awesome music, the artwork is beautiful.

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