Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Kalopsia: Angelplague (2017)
This is an album of uncompromising old-school-style occult death metal in the vein of Immolation, Angelcorpse, Sinister, Morbid Angel, and others of that ilk. The riffs are thrashy and aggressive, having much more in common with the earliest death metal bands, when the style was just starting to come into its own than many of the current bands going. Perhaps it is this riffing style that is really the quality I am looking for. The drumming and bass are thunderous and captivating. It is clear that both musicians know their old school death metal. The vocals are also steeped in early death metal style, delivered in a deep, blood-soaked roar.
All of the tracks on this album are incredible, but I want to specifically bring attention to "Scorched Earth and Blackened Skies". When the band starts into the more melodic bridge sections, they come damn close to crafting the absolutely perfect death metal song.
The only complaint I have about this album is that it is too short. Kalopsia are definitely front-runners in the death metal album of the year for 2017.