Decibel Magazine is now hosting a stream of “Dödens Maskätna Anlete,” the harrowing opening track from Swedish death metal cult, VANHELGD‘s third LP, Relics Of Sulphur Salvation.
VANHELGD unloads disparaging and vicious Swedish death with an incredibly calculated delivery, the roots of the sound born of their country’s genre-forging names, citing Entombed and Dismember and early At The Gates, yet the bleak and blackened aura of their riffing suggests the influence of contemporary scene kings, Watain, Morbus Chron, Bastard Priest and the like. A pessimistic album unapologetically awash in punishing tones courtesy of producer Joona Hassinen who recorded and mixed these eight anthems at Studio Underjord, the final mastering for Relics Of Sulphur Salvationwas handled by Tore Stjerna at the infamous Necromorbus (Repugnant, Watain, Tribulation), and the lead call to arms riff of “Dödens Maskätna Anlete” casts an immediate sense of your impending termination and the putrid stench of death permeates the listener’s existence.
Transmit “Dödens Maskätna Anlete” at maximum volume from THIS LOCATION.
The album’s third track, “Where All Flesh Is Soil,” is also playing HERE.
Relics Of Sulphur Salvation will see North American release via 20 Buck Spin on May 27th. While Pulverised will handle CD and digital sales internationally, the LP edition will be released worldwide by 20 Buck Spin, including limited colored vinyl for mailorder customers.
Much in the way that the first wave of Swedish death metal bands began to wildly diverge stylistically by the time of their second and third LPs, so too has the current crop of the country’s extreme acts, polarizing critics and fans alike. Fortunately, some bands simply proceed logically forward, advancing their sound without abandoning what made them appealing to begin with. VANHELGD stands towering among those few with Relics Of Sulphur Salvation. A thousand records will be released this year for the average death metal fan. Only a handful will warrant more than a spin or two and even less will make it off the shelf and onto the turntable after a year or more. Relics Of Sulphur Salvation is that record; a striking new precedent for real death metal in 2014.