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Hellish God - Evil Emanations Award winner

Hellish God
Evil Emanations
by Justin "Witty City" Wittenmeier at 19 February 2018, 7:05 AM

As if you couldn’t tell by their name, HELLISH GOD have quite an abrasive and scary sound.  After the somewhat funeral sounds of the well done intro (this is how you do intros, folks), the album sends the listener into a descent of darkness. Despite its darkness, the band does find time to play a lot of groove, wrapped in an old school Death Metal sound.  “Qlipoth,” opens with barreling drums and searing guitar riffs, the former settling into a groove that is as intense and arresting.  Luigi Contenti’s drumming never stops a moment for breathing but its also well timed and played; despite the aggression, I never felt like he was playing them that way just to do so—he definitely plays with purpose.

Speaking of purpose, if Tya’s goal was to send a chill down your spine with his demonic vocals then he wins hands down.  It’s been some time since I heard Death Metal vocals belted out with such fury and passion.  Listening to his growls and screeches is almost painful because I can only assume his from the gut assault put him in the hospital.   Some vocalists in extreme metal bands are run of the mill and their replacement wouldn’t mean much.  However, Tya is an essential to this band’s sounds as the other three and their instruments. “The Hindering Ones” is a track that really stands out for me, especially for Stefano Malgaretti’s  bass, which holds up the brutality of the band’s overall sound while forging its own path.  The ending of the song is a highlight too, what with its tightly focused riffing and Tya vomiting forth the lyrics over them.

Halfway thru the album and it still doesn’t get old because “Tagimron Is Summoned,” is one of the best songs on the album.  At the 1:25, with little warning, the entire band goes 1,000 MPH and then slides into this groove with an insanely great riff and rhythmic bass.  I probably listened to this song five or six times before I moved on to the rest. Fortunately the album still has plenty to say.  The next track, “Burning The Infidel,” builds up nicely with the riffs starting first, then the drums coming in behind full force.  The entire song bulldozes through its less than three minutes run time and even squeezes in a ferocious guitar solo.

According to the press kit, this album is conceptually focused on Qlipoth, metaphorical shells that represent evil spiritual forces in the Jewish mysticism.  I’m not super familiar (okay, I’m not familiar at all) with Jewish mysticism but clearly these spiritual forces are a very dark, emotional, almost force of nature type of creation.  With that said, the album does a damn good job with bringing out a natural sounding, evil and dark vibe to the onslaught of an atmosphere they have created.  This is probably the most atmospheric Death Metal album I’ve heard since IMMOLATION’s “Harnessing Ruin.”  If that isn’t a compliment, then I don’t know what else to say and I quit.

Songwriting: 10
Originality: 9
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

1. Kelim Shattering Illumination
2. Qlipoth
3. Anti – Cosmic Decree
4. The Hindering ones
5. Tagimron Is Summoned
6. Buring The Infidel
7. Chronzonic Hellfire
8. Agitator Shale Be Triumphant!
9. I Am Belial
10. Marching with the Accuser
Tya: Lead Vocals
Luigi Contenti: Drums
Michele Di Ioia: Rhythm, Lead Guitars and Backing Vocals
Stefano Malgaretti: Bass Guitars and Backing Vocals
Record Label: Everlasting Spew Records


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