Rex Shachath – Sepulchral Torment [EP]

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Review by Jason Guest

Formed in 2011 from the remnants of three bands, Belfast’s old school death metallers Rex Shachath arrive at a time when old school death metal bands are in abundance and making a mark is very difficult. Rex Shachath’s fetid stench rises from the same sewers as the mass of acolytes that flood the underground, and so, as with most bands intent on breathing life into this still-twitching cadaver, they make the appropriate nods in the direction of the usual suspects. But sounding like they’ve been chomping on concrete cookies and grinding out guitar riffs for much longer than they actually have, they’ve produced a debut EP that is grim, gruesome and gory and promises much for this young band.

Though the production can be a little flat, given that this is the band’s first release and was no doubt produced on a diminutive budget, the music is what matters. After a thirty second intro that originates from beneath the soil of some silent, hell-torn funeral chamber, the old school death metal ferocity of the EP is unleashed. The shifts in tempos, feels and dynamics show a band as heavy as they are uncompromising in their devotion to all things ugly as one after another slice of disfigured grimness is spat into the mix. Gore-torn riffs, savage drumming, a deranged brutal vocal and twisted lead breaks, Rex Shachath mercilessly bite into this bunch of grooving and guttural tracks with the lunatic fervour of a rabid dog. A great debut, this is a band to keep an eye on.

7.5 out of 10

Track listing:

  1. Intro
  2. Sepulchral Torment
  3. Follow The Bastard Prophet
  4. Blind From Birth
  5. Seven Serpents
  6. Statues Of Death