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Review: Automb - Esoterica

Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 43:16
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 26, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

Automb hail from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and their debut album Esoterica kicks some serious ass.

Drummer Scott Fuller and guitarist Serge Stelrsov are experienced musicians who've played in several bands (Morbid Angel, Necrophagia, Sentinel Beast, Haxxan, etc.), and they put all that experience to good use on this album. The music herein is a vicious, fast-paced, Christ-lashing, in-yer-fuckin'-face black/death metal frenzy spiced up with vocalist Danielle's deranged, diabolic growls and lyrics obsessed with paganism, occultism, and witchcraft. They mix the speed and ferocity of Immortal or early Emperor with a sufficient amount of atmosphere and dynamic songwriting, never being content with speed for its own sake. "Call of Hecate" is a perfect example of their ability to marry ripping musical velocity with slower passages containing sweeping melodies and a crawling sense of dread.

If black/death carnage that doesn't forget to make real music and atmosphere while tearing your face off is what you're looking for, then be prepared to embrace the beautiful darkness of this album.

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