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Ravencult - Force Of Profanation

Force Of Profanation
by Craig “Thrashing” Rider at 06 February 2017, 3:52 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! The Thrasher returns to present to you: RAVENCULT; signed via the mighty Metal Blade Records, hailing from Greece - performing Black Metal, on their 3rd album entitled “Force Of Profanation”.

Since formation in 2001; the quintet in question have 2 albums behind them. I'm acquainted with their 3rd - “Force Of Profanation” (released on November 11th, 2016). RAVENCULT perform ear-splitting, typical Black Metal…simple as that. Not quite as simple as that however; as while Black Metal usually immerses for a blackening, extreme sense of atmosphere…this here quartet embody the extreme sub-genres from Black, Thrash and Death into one neat package. There are distinct sub-genres that unify all these elements of Metal that some fall to the wayside with their over-produced progressiveness…while most of the time, this isn't precedent in the world of Black Metal…and with the band in question; they deliver a fine slab of solidified Metal in which uses the intention to just simply blow your mind with all intents and purposes in a typically extreme construct. From what I've listened to; it's safe to say that this is a record that's not for the faint of heart.

Consisting of Alex on vocals that showcase complex vicarious cords that just define extremity in every way. Stef on guitars has a wide arrange of dexterity at his disposal in which proficiently portraits exquisite songwriting adaptively; showcasing a memorable production evidently. Similarly found with the pummeling powerhouse from Kostas on bass and JV on drums destroys with sufficient flair for a utmost unique listen. “Force Of Profanation” is 8 tracks long ranging at around 32:52…it's a short yet sweet listen, however - easily repeated quite extensively and that's the beauty of half hour long albums. In similar vain of SLAYER's “Reign In Blood”, DEPRAVED PLAGUE's “Containment” & HOSTILE's “New World Disorder” …these records continue to be some of the best Extreme Metal has to offer and showcase captivating efficiency, and RAVENCULT deliver a similar experience.

Tormentor Of Flesh”, “In Macabre Triumph” & “Beneath The Relics Of Old” open up the album leaving you with an intense sound production that showcases a solidified and scrupulously developed compositions of gritty; violent thrash in a similar form to that of the mighty DESTROYER 666. This makes for a memorable and unique listen and consistently balances the aforementioned sub-genres nicely. “Merciless Reprisal”, “Into Depths” & “Doom Oracle” compile more adversity with hidden elements of a hardcore distinctive. Without a doubt; the atmospheric nature of Black Metal was there, yet the instrumentation fused kind of distinguishes that only to sound more raw intentionally. “Altar Of Impurity” & “Temple Of The Void” conclude the record leaving you wanting more; I easily repeated this one and has an immense blast with it. Certainly one to look out for.

Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 8
Originality: 8
Sound Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Tormentor Of Flesh
2. In Macabre Triumph
3. Beneath The Relics Of Old
4. Merciless Reprisal
5. Into Depths
6. Doom Oracle
7. Altar Of Impurity
8. Temple Of The Void
Alex - Vocals
Stef - Guitars
Kostas - Bass
JV - Drums
Record Label: Metal Blade Records


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