Dead Congregation

Purifying Consecrated Ground

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Greece's Dead Congregation play old-school death metal that's as if the 21st century never happened. Tunneling low-end and murky blastbeats evoke Morbid Angel; piquant pinch harmonics and mournful bends invoke Immolation. The latter's influence dominates the grim march of "Auguring an Eternal War" and the shuddering accents of "Feasting Angelcunts." Deep death growls roast the proceedings from below. They're unintelligible, but the lyrics reveal typical metal concerns: "Drug-addict Christian minds, waiting to be manipulated"; "Hideous deformities, marching legion summoned forth"; and so on. The artwork, attack, and production are uncompromisingly underground. After initial release on Konqueror, a small Singaporean label, Enucleation reissued this debut as an elegant digipak. Three years later, Dead Congregation fleshed out their old-school aesthetic more grandly on Graves of the Archangels. Still, this EP is a formidable opening salvo in their war against modernity.

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