Vanhelgd – “Relics Of Sulphur Salvation” (Pulverised Records)
Simply shredding – break out the buzz saws cos Vanhelgd are back! Prepare for haunting vocals, massive amounts of reverb and dark diddly dee melodies played thru whirring scythes in a brilliant salute to old school Swe-death but also the mastery of Autopsy. Don’t be expecting any technical musicianship or lyrical wizardry but instead traditional in your face perfection unto death. Formed in 2007, Vanhelgd very quickly earned their reputation via two prior albums and it’s no less justified on this one with highly impressive compositions like ‘Where All Flesh Is Soil’, ‘May The Worms Have Mercy On My Flesh‘ and ‘Dödens Maskätna Anlete’. Clearly the band have spent painstaking time on every note crafting every song to achieve maximum devastation and despite having a surprisingly clean sound and also being somewhat slower than your average death metal band have achieved an album no less ultra heavy n extreme in its own right. I loved every minute this! These guys have masterfully created an atmospherically charged sound that rolls over you like death itself creeping up your body – definitely the top album of the genre so far this year.