It’s been way too long since I have really sat down to enjoy some intriguing filthy, soul-crushing death metal. Just as all hope was lost for the genre, Father Befouled comes crashing in with their brand new album, Desolate Gods. With my increasing affinity with the band’s music, from their extremely raw debut Obscurus Nex Cultus to the more mature Revulsion of Seraphic Grace, Father Befouled seemed promising enough in delivering the goods.
5 years has passed since Revulsion of Seraphic Grace, and Desolate Gods prove that Father Befouled still has it in them to create some of the heaviest music that I’ve heard in a while. The cues taken from the legendary Incantation are still hugely present and obvious. This not only with the trem-picked riffs of Justin and Derrik sounding like a buzzsaw that stubbornly remains at the back of your head, or gives you that sense of anxiety, but also the format that the band has written their music in. Father Befouled often alternates between breakneck speed that is punctuated by more doom passages, and the repetition of the riffs ensure that the material that they have written is deeply embedded in the listener. At the same time, the band makes sure not to overstay their welcome, as the entire record runs for just north of 30 minutes.
The drumming on Desolate Gods in particular, has an undeniable charm to it, as Wayne often breaks into d-beats, instead of drowning the listener into a sea of constant blast beats. This works exceedingly well on Desolate Gods, and the tone of his kit on the record at times even helps add a thunderous effect, as if the album weren’t sufficiently heavy enough.
The atmosphere on Desolate Gods is crushing, and similarities to the works of Dead Congregation or Grave Miasma, with that dark, and almost cavernous ambient that is conjured. Even the lead guitars, when present, reek of negativity and desolation, such as that slow, and almost sorrowful solo on Ungodly Rest. Throw in the low pinch harmonics that the band litters on the slower passages, and that distant-sounding vocals of Justin, Father Befouled delivers the perfect recipe for a gloomy, oppressive death metal release.
Father Befouled has allowed 5 years for Desolate Gods to fester into a nice, putrid stench, so if you’re into some crushing, suffocating death metal, Desolate Gods will definitely not disappoint.