‘Church of the Five Precious Wounds’ is Repulsive Dissection’s long awaited follow up to 2009’s scorching ‘Cut Open the Aberration’. An international band, including members from UK, Ukraine, Sweden and Japan, Repulsive Dissection’s brand of fiery death metal is warming in this cold winter!
If ‘Cut Open the Aberration’ promised big things, ‘Church of the Five Precious Wounds’ has delivered on them. ‘Baptism (Nurtured in the Void)’ detonates with the force of an atomic bomb, devastating riffing and earth grinding growls spewing forth with barely contained rage. The inhuman technicality of songs like ‘Confirmation’ and the dazzlingly brutal ‘Ordination’ couple with the vocal abilities of Tom Bradfield, who switches between a bloodcurdling shriek and a brutal growl without a second thought.
‘Church of the Five Precious Wounds’ is one of tech death/brutal death’s most intense and musically stunning records of this year. Hardly letting up, other than for a chilling sample here and there, Repulsive Dissection take the less is more attitude and batter you senseless for half an hour, leaving you breathless and broken. Cramming more great riffs into a short release than most bands manage in a career, knowing just when and where to hold off, and when to crank it up. Intense, relentless and heavier than a really heavy thing.