Morbid Priest of Supreme Blasphemy
Kingdom‘s Polish origins obviously did not stop the band from exploring extreme sounds from other regions, and this is rather obvious with the band’s second full length release, the aptly titled, mouthful Morbid Priest of Supreme Blasphemy. With a cover of Nihilist‘s Suppose to Rot included on the album, one already has an inkling of what to expect from the band’s second full length effort.
The early Swedish old school death metal influences are certainly clear on Morbid Priest of Supreme Blasphemy, but what is even more obvious are the band’s Finnish leanings, and right from the haunting and ominous atmosphere of opening track Slaves of Ruins and the first riffs of Lewan, one is not only reminded of old school Finnish classics such as Abhorrence and Convulse, but also of the recent exploits by bands like Vorum. Lewan’s vocals also alternate between the traditional death growls, black metal-inspired whisper vocals and the more sinister gurgling style, not unlike that of Demilich.
The heavy usage of trem-picked riffs, along with the crushing backdrop provided by the rhythm section of Left and Silwa, at times even bring in some Incantation influences, complete with that oppressive atmosphere that lasts the entirety of the album. The chaotic leads of Lewan also helps in adding to the overall sense of unease that one feels while listening to the album. Songs like Morbid Priest even gives a slight Beherit feel with the sinister feel emanated, while Supreme Blasphemy has a nice bestial war metal feel.
The production is stellar as well, and this is especially so for the tones of the various instruments, with the huge and crushing tone of the guitars ensuring that the listener struggles to breathe under the onslaught that is presented by Kingdom. Furthermore, the alternating between a more clanky snare tone and a tighter one allows for a more dynamic sound on the album, though the band’s intention on Morbid Priest of Supreme Blasphemy is obviously to create some of the most crushing death metal rather than an album that shows off their versatility.
The rather short run times of the songs and the album also ensures the straightforward and effective delivery of the band’s dose of brutality and blasphemy to the listener, and as quickly as the first notes of Kingdom hit the listener, they are over, leaving one craving for more. Experiencing a band of Polish origins playing a style that deviates from the stereotypical Polish sound has certainly been rather interesting, and Kingdom certainly hits the spot with Morbid Priest of Supreme Blasphemy, captivating fans of old school Finnish and Swedish death metal.