DEATHRITE

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Night­mares Reign

cEN­TuRY mEDIA Filthy Ger­man death metal quin­tet opt for the sin­is­ter slow burn It would be a stretch to say that Deathrite have mel­lowed with age, but there’s def­i­nitely a new­found air of ma­tu­rity sur­round­ing their fourth opus, even down to its colour­ful, ab­stract cover – a stark con­trast to the mono­chrome, skele­t­on­adorned art­work on pre­vi­ous re­leases. When

Night­mares Reign starts the al­bum with sin­is­ter, sub­dued at­mo­spher­ics rather than all-out blast­ing, be­fore erupting into some­thing re­sem­bling both Power Trip’s fu­ri­ous, thrashy blus­ter and the mor­bid prog flour­ishes of Mor­bus Chron’s last al­bum in equal mea­sure. While not as ‘out there’ as the lat­ter, Deathrite def­i­nitely ex­pand their palette here;

In­voke Nat­u­ral Light, for ex­am­ple, pairs stoic d-beat against wonky Thin Lizzy-es­que licks to de­light­fully sur­real ef­fect, and nine-minute closer

Temp­ta­tion Calls bat­tles through swathes of dis­so­nant Voivod-style skronk be­fore ar­riv­ing at an ex­plo­sive and sur­pris­ingly emo­tive cli­max.

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FOR FANS OF: Mor­bus Chron, Power Trip, En­tombed

KEZ WHE­LAN

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