Vacivus

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TEM­PLE OF THE ABYSS

PRO­FOUND LORE NORTH EAST ENGLAND DEATH ME­TAL MA­RAUD­ERS UTILISE THEIR SCYTHES UK death me­tal is in rude health, and Pro­found Lore have been at­ten­tively keep­ing their ears to the scabrous un­der­belly of the Bri­tish scene as a means to dis­cover fu­ture torch­bear­ers. Their lat­est sign­ing is Vacivus, a five-piece com­prised of sea­soned mu­si­cians schooled in the dark arts of the mas­ters – par­tic­u­larly Mor­bid An­gel’s ar­cane rites – and clearly eager to com­pete in chaos with the likes of Lv­ci­fyre, Grave Mi­asma and Dead Con­gre­ga­tion. Their first full-length will surely put them on the same neg­a­tive plane as their con­tem­po­raries. The sum­mon­ing of old and new-school in­flu­ences here is fault­less; Vacivus’s fo­cus on con­struct­ing pun­ish­ing riffs rarely suc­cumbs to cob-webbed at­mo­spheric so­journs. As a re­sult, this sin­gle-minded ap­proach keeps the dev­as­ta­tion lev­els in the red – fun­da­men­tal when spawn­ing scorched-earth, riff-driven death me­tal.

FOR FANS OF: LV­CI­FYRE, CRU­CI­A­MEN­TUM, MOR­BID AN­GEL

DEAN BROWN

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