Review: Reptilian – Perennial Void Traverse

Posted: May 2, 2016 in Reviews
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Reptilian - Perennial Void Traverse

Norwegian death metal appears to have entered a bit of a renaissance recently, and I’ve been hearing good things coming from a country more known for its notorious black metal past. One of those good things is Reptilian, whose debut full length ‘Perennial Void Traverse’ is an unorthodox, shape shifting beast of insanity and brutality.

Opener ‘Swamp’ is a microcosm of what makes this debut excellent. It has the odd tonal changes, where creeping death metal then clashes with primal thrashing and an emphasis on the slightly uncomfortable. ‘Possessed by the Eyes of the Living God’ has an almost maniacal edge to it, particularly vocally, and while the average song length is over seven minutes, Reptilian waste no motion and have no filler. The slow sections are particularly effective at enhancing Reptilian’s work, for the jarring chords run deep into your synapses.

To be able to combine the creepy slowness of Coffins with the flailing, bug eyed intensity of the likes of Autopsy is no mean feat, but Reptilian do it with aplomb. Just listen to the titanic ‘Cadaverous Creature’ to see how to make an almost ten minute song infinitely rewarding. It crawls, it crushes, it lays waste to pretenders everywhere. Reptilian look to be a future star in Norwegian death, and this is their Big Bang moment.



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