Australian futuristic death metallers Blade of Horus (how has that name never been snapped up before?) bring you the brutality and dazzling technicality on their debut EP ‘Monumental Massacre’, out now on Lacerated Enemy Records.
A whirling maelstrom of excruciatingly heavy death metal, with riffs coming from every direction, and Kevin Talley’s staggering drumming performance, the title track explodes with furious rage. Taking points from contemporaries like Obscura, Psycroptic and even the mighty Nile, Blade of Horus slam everything into a high gear and don’t allow a moment for breathing. ‘Succumb to the Overwhelming Stench of Necrophagia’ machine guns its way into the fray, unleashing technical riffs and a guttural vocal that growls with unholy power.
‘Inhumane Experimentations’ feels like a cross between Dying Fetus and the wild fretwork of Psyopus. Mind mangling dexterity on the frets bring Blade of Horus instant recognisability. You won’t hear many bands that mash breakdowns, dazzling technicality and crushing heaviness as effective. It’s particularly refreshing from a new band as well, and the short sharp razor attack of ‘Death of a Spartan King’ encompasses every part of their arsenal.
Australia has some of extreme metal’s most interesting bands at the moment, and you can throw Blade of Horus to the top of that pile. From the moment ‘Return of the Dark Gods’ places its bloodsoaked foot on your throat and presses down, you’ll be begging for more. Invigorating, eviscerating and thoroughly heavy, ‘Monumental Massacre’ promises much for the future of this hammer fisted assault machine.