Wydawnictwo Muzyczne Psycho
With their debut full length album Nechesh, Deathstorm joins the ranks of their compatriots in unleashing some of the most relentless death metal in the Polish veins, not unlike recent releases of Hate and labelmates Dormant Ordeal. 3 years in the making since the release of their first demo, Nechesh promises to be a treat for fans of death metal of the Polish tradition.
The onslaught is relentless, and influences from compatriots such as Vader are rather clear right from the start, though Deathstorm puts higher focus on the crushing intensity in their music rather than the thrashy speed that bands like the aforementioned Vader have come to be known for. Along with the crushing impact of the music, the band also displays their technical chops, bringing to mind bands such as Nile. Vocalist Mysth’s deep growls are also reminiscent of fellow Polish bands such as Hate and Behemoth, and this similarity is further deepened with the at times blackened riffing style that is utilised by guitarists Goral and Jedrek. Goral and Jedrek further display their abilities on their instruments with the chaotic leads, not unlike those of Trey Azagthoth, giving a sight Morbid Angel touch to the music at times.
Throughout the album, there is an oppressive atmosphere that lingers and this certainly helps in making the listening experience of Nechesh all the more suffocating, and this is not unlike the atmosphere of releases of bands such as Immolation and Incantation, further displaying the wide range of influences that have gone into the melting pot that is Nechesh. The atmospheric aspect of the band’s music is further heard towards the end of Kingdom without End, with the hymn sending some chills down the listener’s back.
Unfortunately, as with many Polish releases of late, the band suffers from being rather monotonous as it progresses, and though the musicianship on the album is for the most part superb, song tend to end up sounding rather similar to each other. For instance, songs mostly progress at the same speed from the beginning to the end, and there are few truly memorable moments on the album as well. One other thing that bugged me as well was the unnecessarily overly-clanky tone of the snares.
However, Nechesh is still a pretty good album overall, and fans of Polish death metal would probably enjoy this one with the album hitting all the right spots of the style, and is a pretty good debut for Deathstorm.