Featuring ex-Impiety guitarist Eskathon, you can take a rough guess at the kind of black metal you’re going to get from occult Italian black metallers Exterminas. Their new record, ‘Dichotomy’, is out now on Russian label Satanath Records.
‘God’s Hammer’ is a blasting whirlwind of thrashing black metal, with a cavernous vocal. You can sense the Impiety influence, but there’s a much more prevalent thrash feel here, along with some classic, denser black metal. This is a well produced record, which really enhances the guitar work. There’s a lot of variety here too, from the blasting carnage of ‘Unleashing the Cruelty’ to ‘Collapse into Time’, which has moments that bring to mind modern Napalm Death.
Exterminas go full throttle through these eight tracks, with multiple examples of the high quality song writing on offer. The slower, but none the less heavy or evil ‘Wandering from the Death’s Shore’ is a great piece of mid paced black metal, with some emotive soloing being an obvious high point. ‘In Apotheosis of Pandemonium’ is the best song here, with a strange seasick groove to it in parts, but never losing the focus of blackness eternal.
Exterminas are a band I’m going to watch out for in the future, because if ‘Dichotomy’ is anything to go by, this is only the first step in a long journey of quality black metal. Stirring, furious and brilliantly written, ‘Dichotomy’ is a record I keep coming back to.