Hal­lu­ci­nat­ing Can­ni­bals

Exclaim! - - REVIEWS - JOE SMITH-EN­GEL­HARDT

METAL

Outer Heaven

Realms of Eter­nal De­cay

Penn­syl­va­nia death metal new­com­ers Outer Heaven have im­pressed the ex­treme com­mu­nity in their short time to­gether through top-notch live per­for­mances and spec­tac­u­lar re­leases, such as their Di­abo­lus Vo­bis­cum EP or their four-way split with Gate­creeper, Homewrecker and Scorched. Five years into their ca­reer, the band have fi­nally un­leashed their full-length de­but, and Realms of Eter­nal De­cay does not dis­ap­point. Start­ing things off with some omi­nous vibes, the band rip into meaty old-school death metal riffs on “Vor­tex of Thought.” They pick up the pace on songs such as “What Lies Be­neath” or “Blood­spire” while in­ter­twin­ing mid-tempo knuckle-drag­ging cave­man riffs that make their speed­ier mo­ments stand out. The band’s ap­proach to death metal brings to mind In­can­ta­tion or Vile- era Can­ni­bal Corpse, fo­cus­ing on bru­tal­ity through solid riffs in­stead of re­ly­ing solely on speed.

The record also has a fan­tas­tic con­cept. Bring­ing a hor­ror and sci-fi feel through a loose story of a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion that causes the planet’s in­hab­i­tants to hal­lu­ci­nate and have a lust for mur­der­ing and con­sum­ing each other, the record de­liv­ers an in­ter­est­ing nar­ra­tive that en­hances the songs. Realms of Eter­nal De­cay is a phe­nom­e­nal al­bum that takes the best as­pects of old-school death metal, com­bined with hints of black metal, un­der a mod­ern sound um­brella. They’ve set them­selves up to be one of the most ex­cit­ing emerg­ing death metal acts to watch. (Re­lapse)

What in­spired the al­bum’s con­cept?

Vo­cal­ist Austin Haines: Some­thing I had writ­ten early on got us onto the con­ver­sa­tion about some­thing called the “stoned ape” the­ory, which says psilo­cy­bin mush­rooms and hal­lu­cino­gens were a ma­jor turn­ing point in the evo­lu­tion of hu­man be­ings and hu­man cre­ativ­ity, speech, lan­guage, fine think­ing and stuff like that.

Do you feel your recorded ma­te­rial fi­nally matches the band’s live en­ergy?

For the first time in any of our recorded ma­te­rial, I can hon­estly say yes, be­cause that was a prob­lem we had. When it came time to record the al­bum for Re­lapse, we made it a re­ally strong point to keep the el­e­ments of the pro­duc­tion high-en­ergy and re­ally ex­plo­sive, like we would sound live.

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