|Review: Demonic Obedience - Nocturnal Hymns to the Fallen|
|Nocturnal Hymns to the Fallen|
Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2016
Review online: July 20, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Nocturnal Hymns to the Fallen
Demonic Obedience is a one-man project act formed from the ashes of Deceptive Incarnation. The band was founded by George Ntavelas and George Seremetis in early 2013 under the name The Deepest. Demonic Obedience's debut album, Morbid Supremacy of Evil, was released on a label named Azermedoth Records in 2014, limited to 666 copies (gee...How's that possible, ha!).
Mr. Ntavelas' follow-up album, Nocturnal Hymns to the Fallen, followed two years later as a co-release between Satanath Records and Sevared Records. This blackened meat-and-potato Death Metal works nicely in his hands, especially considering this is a solo endeavor. Musically, the band goes into the sounds of the demo era of such bands as Incantation, Immolation' and Demigod and adds Funebrarum's utter heaviness and brutality, just wrapping it all up with some twists from the Black Metal side. The Black Metal influence is mostly vocal though, with some occasional shrieks and screeches and Xysma-esque gurgling here and there, just to make things even sweeter for all extreme metal fans out there.
Overall George has done a pretty magnificent job with his second opus, staying firmly and shamelessly in his comfort zone and just doing his shit the best he can. The result is coherent, convincing, and enjoyable all around. Diving into the depths of the murkiest waters in Death Metal has always appealed to me greatly, and that's where George has done a splendid job. Nocturnal Hymns to the Fallen represents blackened/darkened and evil Death Metal in full form, basically capturing everything essential that the genre should be all about.
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