Album: Downfall of the Apostates
Label: Dark Descent Records
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: 23 April, 2018
Downfall of the Apostates is the second album from Deiquisitor, who play an abyssal and cavernous brand of death metal. They are a three piece from Ringsted Denmark that formed in 2013. Up until now they have released a demo, a promo, two EPs, and one full length. This is their second full length brought to us by the good folks at Dark Descent Records.
Deiquisitor fit well on their label’s roster; in the new wave of OSDM. You can hear their influences coming through in almost every note, yet it never reaches the obsessive level of worship. Still it is clear that Immolation and Incantation played a big part in inspiring this band.
Atom Synthesis opens up the album with some excellent riffing and pummeling drums. There is a good amount of variation in this song, from the medium tempo opening to bursts of speed and crushing intensity. I especially enjoyed the drummers performance; from opening the song with galloping drums, to the use of cymbal bells. The song closes out with the familiar beat and an intriguing riff overlaying it.
Downfall of the Apostates, the titular track, opens with an intriguing riff, which is fitting considering Atom Synthesis closed with one. More punishing and brutalizing than the opening song; clearly they want the title track to be a scar upon your mind. Once again the drumming stands out, from the use of fills to the cymbal bells and crashes. This is a superb song, and worthy of being the album’s namesake.
Faint Distorted Images is the third song, and my favorite on an album of standouts. The drums are incredible on this song and the entire album. There is a brief guitar solo about halfway through the song; a swirl of sound that vanishes as quick as it appeared. This is shortest song on the album but left the biggest impact on me.
Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses is the fourth track and opens with a riff that compliments the pummeling low end, until it relents and the pummeling takes over. Once again there is an excellent use of the cymbal bells. I really love the riff coming in around the 1:33 mark and occasionally repeating later. Special mention to the drums again for the double bass ripping beginning at 2:02 and running until about 2:18, and morphing into a gallop afterwards. This is a nicely varied song, and it closes out with a brief solo.
The Order of Pegasus Light opens with no buildup, just right into the brutality. The fifth track is another nicely varied piece. Some evil sounding vocals come in at the perfect moment but don’t stay long at all. Dizzying solo around the midway point, this is followed by the return of the cymbal bells. Once again I find myself impressed by the drum performance.
Metatron features more showcasing of the drummer’s prowess to open this song. Chugging riffs erupt into bursts of speed under powerful growls. The vocals start fast and hold a growl while the music keeps the speedy tempo underneath, presenting an interesting juxtaposition in these moments. A few sections have a slightly slower menacing riff that adds nicely to the disconcerting atmosphere.
The Magnificence Of… has an uncharacteristically quiet and ominous beginning to the song, but it isn’t long before they return to blazing away at full speed. This song would serve well as a single or an entry point to the band. Everything is being showcased here, and none of the individual sections hang around for too long before morphing into the next. Another varied song that really never slows down at all.
Planetary Devastation, the second to last track, begins with another display of power from the drummer; a steady and diverse pounding with the guitar chugging over until the vocals growl out from the darkness. Then a steady galloping drum beat takes over. While still growling, the vocals get a bit of a wail quality when getting to the song title. This is a heavy song the whole way through; everything is in place to pull you down into the abyss.
War on the Gods is the ninth and final song. By the close of this album I’ve really come to enjoy these moments, where the drummer is going all over the kit and the guitar and bass are replying with their thick tone. We get to hear just how thick the tone on the bass truly is, and you can feel the slime falling from it. From that point the song begins blasting away; even the vocal delivery early in the song sounds like artillery being launched. This is the best song to close this album, it is strong and heavy right until the end and it drifts off into feedback ambience.
Guest vocals on this album by M of Taphos (Downfall of the Apostates, War on the Gods) and S.D. of Phrenelith (Planetary Devastation, War on the Gods) fit in really well and don’t take you out of the song like some guest vocals can. Downfall of the Apostates is a truly impressive album by a great band. I really enjoyed the balance between having a unique sound to each song, yet they all fit the Deiquisitor mold.
1. Atom Synthesis
2. Downfall of the Apostates
3. Faint Distorted Images
4. Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses
5. The Order of Pegasus Light
7. The Magnificence of…
8. Planetary Devastation
9. War on the Gods
Total Playing Time: 36:11