Italian brutal death metal act Devangelic are back with their sophomore full length, “Phlegethon“, and if you heard their debut release ‘Resurrection Denied’ then you know what to expect with this new heavy hitting release. Devangelic return to give you more brutality, blasphemy and pure death. Phlegethon has a lot going for it, the guitars are just riddled with groove and power and the band hints at moments of technicality within the compositions. Drumming and bass guitar works together to give a fulfilling and thick sound, overwhelming me enough bass to shatter the glass in my car (this didn’t really happen) and the vocal work is pure guttural gold. There are a lot of elements here to enjoy here on ‘Phlegethon‘ but certain variables are missing that makes this release hit or miss with me.
Allow me to explain what I mean by that last sentence. Devangelic have created a monstrous brutal death metal release and the album flows nicely along with smashing song writing and groove. What is lacking is diversity and uniqueness within the writing itself. It’s a demanding album to listen to and they are incredible musicians but there is very little that grabs me and pops out as ‘amazing’. Other than this little annoyance, Devangelic’s ‘Phlegethon‘ is just as swarming and brutal as their debut release.
So if you’re in the mood for nothing but devilishly heavy music that just goes on and on with very little breaks in between, then you’ll enjoy ‘Phlegethon‘ by Devangelic. Ominous and truly powerful brutal death metal here. The atmosphere and song writing on this album is darker than their debut album. There have been a lot of really good death metal albums out this year and the bar is raised so high that it makes it a little unfair for Devangelic. Comparing this to some other brutal death metal releases this year, this is on par with some of the best, it’s a crushing album. Check this out, give it a listen and grunt and growl along. Devangelic brings the evil to brutal death metal.
Release Date: October 27th, 2017
Label: Comatose Music
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