A number of people have been pushing me to listen to Greek Death Metallers Dead Congregation for a while now, and while I’ve looked around for their music, my local indie record store never seemed to have any. Either they’ve sold out immediately (distinctly possible) or the buyer just never stocked it because it wasn’t “kvlt” enough (kind of unlikely because these guys are pretty “kvlt”), but their releases have been pretty hard to come by in my neck of the woods. Listening to Promulgation of the Fall takes me back to the early ’90s era of Death Metal, to the period when bands like Incantation, Pyrexia, Immolation, Imprecation, Vital Remains and many others were the norm when it came to the more brutal side of the genre. Dead Congregation has a style similar to that era of Brutal Death Metal, and while it’s hardly original, it’s rather refreshing to hear a band that is both brutal and possesses a dark atmosphere at the same time. If there’s one thing I love in Metal music in general, it’s atmosphere. It has to have that special “feeling” for me to get into the music. If a band can capture that, it elevates the music to a different level. Dead Congregation has that “feeling” and it gives their brand of Brutal Death Metal an aura of darkness and oppressiveness. Musically, this would appeal the most to fans of the previously mentioned Incantation, Immolation and Vital Remains as well as fans of old Morbid Angel. The music has the darkness of the more brutal bands, but also the sometimes atonal riffing that marked Trey Azagthoth’s guitar style, lacing the brutality with a taint of technical playing that serves to inject some diversity into the song structures. As far as production goes, the sound on Promulgation of the Fall is pretty murky. It adds a lot to the atmosphere, but it makes things hard to discern sometimes when the vocals and the guitars go into the same tonal range. Also, the snare drum sounds like a trashcan lid. It isn’t bad enough to always call attention to itself, but it does become noticeable at times, distracting from the otherwise engaging music. The detractions are pretty minor, though. While I’m hesitant to bestow the title of “the future of Death Metal” upon them, I’d rather see them have the title than the overly technical bands that want to cram 5,000 riffs into a three minute song. If you like evil sounding Death Fucking Metal, this is it.
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