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SACRILEGIA brings danger back to the blackthrash paradigm on “The Triclavian Advent”

Cut from the fertile Irish bog that has produced Malthusian, Unyielding Love, From the Bogs of Aughiska, and Vircolac in recent years, Dublin trio Sacrilegia offer up a furious half-hour of no-frills, no-mercy blackened thrash via Invictus Productions.

Masterfully recorded at Devil’s Mark (Destroyer 666, Demonomancy) in the eternal city of Rome, The Triclavian Advent is a pummelling debut record that only ever tightens the leash with the occasional mid-tempo deathmarch. Opener “Relics of Oncoming Doom” charges out of the speakers like a sledgehammer through a tombstone; anyone who fails to heed this warning will be trampled under hoof by the equally-ferocious “Beyond the Fouler’s Snare” and “On Herding of Swine.”

Unashamedly channeling the spirit of Possessed and early Bathory, The Triclavian Advent displays a talent for crafting rabid, snarling music without entering into the realms of mind-bending song structures, suffocating riffs, dissonant leads and atypical time signatures. Everything on this record is designed to keep heads banging, and “The Unhallowed,” with its early Slayer-esque riff, is the epitome of this. At three minutes it squeezes maximum efficiency from a verse-chorus arrangement packed with intensity, asking no questions and taking no prisoners.

The savage closing pair of “Unheeded Warnings” and “As With Spears We Come” is devastating, despite the latter ending on an anti-climactic fade-out just as it is hitting its stride with another crushing riff. Sacrilegia can now add an unforgiving studio effort to a growing live reputation, earned in just four shows since debuting last June as a late replacement at an Invictus anniversary show. Rounded out with some excellent artwork from Chris Kiesling (Sargeist, Uada, Sadistic Intent), The Triclavian Advent is a frightening debut and a harbinger of exciting things to come from a band who have just elbowed their way to the top table of Irish metal.


INVICTUS PRODUCTIONS is proud to present SACRILEGIA’s striking debut album, The Triclavian Advent on CD, black LP, and splatter LP.

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GRAVE INFESTATION exhume the raw power of the mighty demo with “Infesticide”

In the worship of death there are innumerable fossils smothered in dust. Uncover one and there may be fresh blood still pulsating within. Grave Infestation‘s demo Infesticide showers you with a burst of fresh gore from an encrusted corpse, revitalizing a classic sound with a rush of vigor. Forgotten today is the production that brought such abhorrent visions to our mentality, in favor of a crisper sound. Grave Infestation throws that notion to the gutter and rises from the grave with an intense fervor.

The intro to the album is filled with mystique and total mystery of what could come next, then quickly transitions to an audial bludgeoning ripped straight from the days of former glory. Blindsided by a chunky, catchy riff battering blows to your head, the drums lead with a bestial d-beat with cymbals that shred your cochlea. A guitar solo wails in the distant background like a haunted choir from the sky, and the bass chugs with a deep and aggressive resonance that you feel in the pit of your stomach. The entire sound is a perfect altar to the production of the late 80s dripping with fresh blood. Each track has a similar eerie intro that lessens your feeling of security while continuing to blitz after with one neck breaking riff after the other. The final two songs “Sudden Death” and “Still Birth…. Still Life…” lengthen the form of each song, progressing slowly without losing any of the aggression in the faster songs previous, creating a spectacular closer in a flurry of blades.

Not every EP can breathe fresh life into a genre by using forgotten ideas, but Grave Infestation not only creates a wretched experience with superior production but the intense delivery as well. It sounds as if it was directly recorded by the likes of Börje Forsberg with all the vitriol and violence of a group of Scandinavian teenagers.

 

Fans of death metal often forget that once upon a time no matter how much cleaner production of metal advanced, true heads still worshiped the demos which gave the genre life. Where it shines, is how Grave Infestation takes such an archaic sound and blends it with fresh ideas that did not exist back in ‘89, creating a new meaning to brutality.


Grave Infestation’s independent press of the tape is now long sold out. However, INVICTUS PRODUCTIONS has reissued the demo on CD, LP, and pro tapes, and PARASITIC RECORDS will handle an additional US tape run.

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