Reptilian Death [India]
The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence
Old School Metal Records
Brutal/Technical Death Metal
Reptilian Death mastermind The Demonstealer is probably more known for his other band, Demonic Resurrection and the Indian label, Demonstealer Records. Yet Reptilian Death has been around since 2001, and after a rather long radio silence of almost 7 years, the band finally returns this year with their sophomore album, The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence, complete with a refreshed (and rather impressive) lineup, featuring members from Albatross and Bhayanak Maut.
I remember not being very impressed when I first encountered Reptilian Death and their first album Total Annihilation, but right from the get go with PrimEvil on The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence, one would quickly notice the vast growth that the band has shown compared to any of their older material. The influences from various forefathers of the genre can be clearly heard from the start, and as soon as the album kicks off proper with Inchoate, one is treated to 40 minutes of brutal and technical, yet at times melodic death metal. The riffing style that guitarist The Demonstealer engage in reek of the crushing intensity of Polish bands like Hate and Vader, and the heavy chugging on songs like Distorted by Bondage, Blood and Bestiality brings in some slight Devourment sounds, yet they also take the time to go into somewhat more groovy sections, not unlike that of Obituary with even some slight Bolt Thrower edge at times.
I think what is impressive as well is the drumming of The Demonstealer. More widely known as the guitarist/mastermind of Demonic Resurrection, one would not really expect such consistent drumming on a metal record, let alone one that is as brutal and at times rather complex as such.
The production on the album is also extremely polished, working in the favour of the band and allowing for each of the instruments and the technical prowess of each of the musicians to really shine. This also helps in making the record all the more powerful sounding.
Having a complete lineup now has certainly worked well for Reptilian Death, evident from the rather high quality of death metal that the band has presented on The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence. Certainly a great addition to the blooming extreme metal underground of India.