Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Emblazoned - The Living Magisterium

Released on Deepsend Records September 3 2013. The Living Magisterium is an EP by DM/BM band from Milwaukee WI, Emblazoned. Members are:  Jeff - Vocals, A.J. - Bass, Kevin - Guitars, Alex - Drums.

The EP begins with the intro "Premonition", dark and ominous is the mood that it sets before attacking us with "Extinction of Creation", the early roots of death metal come screaming through with low guttural and high vocals style. Solid production, raw brutal guitar tones and devastating double kicks. Next up is "Bound By Eternal Penance", several bands come to my mind as I listen, Vader, Immolation, Suffocation and Cannibal Corpse to name a few. The music takes me back to my early years. Back to the nineties when DM was just emerging. The essence of that era is captured with pure intensity in each riff. "Refuge In Darkness", open chords, dismal sounds of haunting style and with a pure BM feel to it before building up into a fast paced slammer. The final song in this journey is "In Ex Cathedra" this track is sure to inspire many mosh pits. Dual menacing demonic vocals, battering of drums with pure adrenaline. We also hear some cool solo work to complete the madness. My only compliant is that it feels short at about thirteen minutes in length seems to fly by rather quickly, but at the same time leave you wanting more. For those who are interested it's good to note that these musicians are former members of Jungle Rot, Enfold Darkness, Micawber, Decrescent and current Decrepit Birth "A.J. Lewandowski" on bass.

In conclusion, this is a solid performance and combines all the elements of the early era of DM roots. Fans of Entombed, Dismember, Vader, Kreator, Krisium, Sinister, and Immolation will most likely want to add this EP to their collection.
~Artemortifica

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