I know I’ve said this before, but I feel like it’s worth repeating every few months: I’ve never been the biggest fan of death metal. I mean, I’m basically a raw back metal kind of guy – most death metal is too precise and polished for me. I did get into the whole cavernous thing for a while, but that whole thing peaked pretty quickly. If I’m going to listen to death metal these days, it’s got to have a certain feel. I’m not impressed by bands that write riffs with a million different notes in them, and play those riffs at inhuman (and triggered to death) speeds. I’d much rather hear death metal with some atmosphere – the kind that comes from genuinely evil-sounding riffs, not from a fuckton of reverb or randomly applied synthy bits.
That said, thank fuck and Hail Sathanas for Finland. I don’t know what it is about that country, but just about everything that comes out of there sounds like the unholy spawn of some kind of demonic musical seed – including their death metal, an astonishing amount of which somehow ends up Dark Descent: Desolate Shrine, Lie In Ruins, Gorephilla, Lantern, Krypts…and the mighty Corpsessed.
It’s been a minute since we last heard from Matti Mäkelä and company – roughly four years’ worth in fact, since the release of their 2014 debut Abysmal Thresholds.The Helsinki-based fivesome definitely put that time to good use, though – their forthcoming sophomore platter Impetus of Death is everything that made the debut so bruising and then some. According to Mäkelä, that extended period between releases was necessary in order to ensure the result they wanted. In discussing their process for Impetus of Death, he said the knew that “the atmosphere must be there, the riffs must be killer and everything has to be top notch. Plus, we knew we needed to raise the bar this time. So all the band members contributed and we had three separate demo sessions of almost all the songs. It was quite time consuming but invaluable while thinking of the big picture.”
So was the time and effort worth it? Our loyal Vault Hunters have the first chance to find out, as we’re beyond thrilled to be premiering the first track from Impetus of Death here today at IMV. I could write another couple hundred words about “Endless Plains of Dust,” but I’m sure you’d much rather I shut up and just let you listen to the damn thing. So that’s what I’m going to do – right after reminding you that Impetus of Death will be out on November 23 via Dark Descent Records, and that you can preorder a copy of it here.