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Angerot - The Divine Apostate

The Divine Apostate
by "Der Bärtige Mann" Gareth Beams at 24 March 2020, 12:13 PM

Death Metal outfit ANGEROT return to the studio following the highly regarded debut album released independently in 2018, “The Splendid Iniquity

Below the Deep and Dreamless Sleep” starts off with a slow building intro, strumming along gently. This is met with an orchestral style vocal sample added in. The instrumentals soon kick in, and damn they are good. Heavy and controlled perfectly. The vocals are easy to follow, but still aggressive and powerful. The control for the balance works so well in the favour of the band, there are not many changes, but there is so much skill and control in here, you are happy for them to continue the sound.

O Son of the Morning, O Son of the Dawn” has balance in abundance once more, it’s a solid effort. The melodies in the song building together in harmony. The vocals are aggressive, but never seemingly trying to outshine another element. There is more technical guitar play in here and it adds a new depth, which is greatly appreciated.

Vestiments of Cancer” is another solid effort, there hasn’t been many changes in style and sound, but as it is an awesome mix, it doesn’t feel stale. There could be a few more changes, but the song is strong enough without needing to change much about it. The aggression and composed vocals are still in balance and working well with the instrumental melodies.

Coalesced With Wickedness” has a good start, progressive almost. It has a strange new element on the vocals, which doesn’t really work for me, but it adds a new depth to the song. The melodies build up and go well with the return of the aggressive vocals, back to their stronger hand. The weird high-pitched vocal segments return, but again I don’t think it works to full strengths. Not the best song on the album this far, but still not bad.

Counsel of the Ungodly” keeps with the slower pace laid down by the short instrumental that is “Each Night As You Sleep, I Destroy”. It does pick up gradually, but not to the paces we’ve heard so far. For me, it has lost some of the raw aggression whilst it has lost the pace, making the song not hit the same heights as heard before. Then the end sounds like an alternat version of WCW’s Bill Goldberg entrance.

Father, Mentor” is still at the slower stages of the pace. It does pick up the pace nicely with a decent guitar segment, but it doesn’t last long enough to pick the overall pace up for the song. The overall feel is repeated from what we have enjoyed in the album, but it is nothing new, so its harder to be more into the song, the guitar technical section did not last long enough nor did it return to support the song.

Thy Kingdom Burned” is the final song of the album. It picks up the pace slowly as the song starts, it does make the song better, but it still feels like it is being held back slightly. The guitar sections are added to improve the song, but do not last long enough to change anything. The song then fades away at the end, which does not do the start of this album justice

The album loses some intensity midway through and suffers for the song “Counsel of the Ungodly”, it fails to recover for the rest of the album. Other than that, it is a strong album played well and has a few decent melodies in it to keep audiences interested.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Below the Deep and Dreamless Sleep
2. O Son of the Morning, O Son of the Dawn
3. Vestiments of Cancer
4. Coalesced With Wickedness
5. Each Night As You Sleep, I Destroy (Instrumental)
6. Counsel of the Ungodly
7. Father, Mentor
8. Thy Kingdom Burned
Jason Ellsworth – Guitars & Keyboards
Bill Zaugg – Bass Guitar
Chad Petit – Guitars & Vocals
Matt Johnson – Drums
Record Label: Redefining Darkness Records


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