I’m a sucker for some Technical Death Metal. I like it, I love it, I want more of it. So two days ago when I was presented with the opportunity to check out the latest album from Turkey’s DECIMATION, I grabbed that bull by the horns. Reign of Ungodly Creation is available now via Comatose Music and it is something else. The drums are all over the place while the guitars are the steadying compass to keep this ship going in the right direction, that much was evident from first listen. The band has been around for some 15 years, and this is their first record in four but I don’t know nothin’ about that. All I know is their sound is not unlike some of their Italian counterparts like HIDEOUS DIVINITY which had my attention from the very first listen.
The song titles are long and dizzying, but that’s OK because each one packs a punch. “Aberrant Ablution by Filthy Excrements of a Grotesque Crassamentum ” and “Supreme Wisdom of Blasphemy in the Reign of Ungodly Creation” perfectly balance the heavy with the technical, making for an intriguing first listen. Album opener “Noncelestical Orisons Cataclised in the Passage of Ninib” sets the tone early that this is brutal tech death and if you were looking for something else then go the fuck home! The same can be said for the crushing tone and riffs of “Mystic Transformation in Encrypted Scrolls of a Grievous Sermon”. Now I have no idea what in Sam Hill any of that means, but it’s still a pretty crushing song. My favorites though were “Psalm Carnage in the Ghoulish Chapel of Gehenna” and “Ghoulish Requiem for a Macabre Daemonarch.” The latter of these two should induce some serious headbanging.
The slow build-up at the start of “Prophetic Despise Under the Pendulum of a Sacrilegious Throne” soon gives way to all-out war, and “Devilish Domain Vortex in the Gloom of Wicked Ziggurat” stays on the attack for all four minutes. Much like the rest of the album Goremaster’s drumming is rather frenzied on closer and fellow standout “Veracity in Relics”. Songs like this one make it hard to believe this is a trio and not some four or five-piece band. Emre and Erkin’s guitar assault is also relentless throughout all nine of these tracks, and that combination turns in one of the more crushing Death Metal releases of the year. If this kind of music turns you on as much as it does me, then pick up Reign of Ungodly Creation today, you won’t be sorry. And here’s hoping it won’t be another four years till the next DECIMATION release.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Veracity in Relics”, “Psalm Carnage in the Ghoulish Chapel of Gehenna”, “Ghoulish Requiem for a Macabre Daemonarch”, ““Prophetic Despise Under the Pendulum of a Sacrilegious Throne”