At long last: six years after their cult second album, People of the Monolith, Chilean barbarians UNAUSSPRECHLICHEN KULTEN return with their highly anticipated third album, Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath, courtesy of longtime supporters IRON BONEHEAD PRODUCTIONS. Ever aptly titled, Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath is a dizzying, diabolical ascent into pure occultic death metal - by lifers, for lifers. To brand UNAUSSPRECHLICHEN KULTEN "Lovecraftian" would do a disservice to their longstanding, sulfuric Metal of Death; although a compliment to be sure, their sepulchral attack evades the easy categorization usually reserved for death metal branded as such. For on Baphomet Pan Shub-Niggurath, the quartet measure their maniacal musings with the utmost ease and the panache of veterans, pacing their way through the slime and then exploding with bestial bursts, guiding the listener through catacombs both metaphysical and literal. As always, UNAUSSPRECHLICHEN KULTEN are masters of economy and drive the point home with truncated, iron-fisted effect, thus ensuring a swift and savage experience. Let the ceremony begin!
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Dead Congregation's second album is a crushing, evil, riff-filled monster. It's suffocating and has a genuinely scary atmosphere at times. The production does sound a bit like you're listening to the songs through a wall though, and that severely dampers the quality of the overall album. Still very much worth picking up, as you get used to the production within a few songs and from there it's absolutely great.
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I will keep this uncharacteristically brief and hyperbolic: this is certainly the best death metal debut album of the past 10 years, and one of the top 10 death metal albums over the same time period in general, breathing the same rarefied air as Ulcerate, Dead Congregation, and Abyssal. I do not need to describe the album because everyone else has done that so well, and there is universal praise for Starspawn all over the internet that you can read at your own leisure. Buy this album and let it transform your perception of what death metal can be. Ippocalyptica