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Omenfilth - Hymns of Diabolical Treachery

Label: Eternal Death Records
Format: Download
Released: 2018
Reviewed By: Jack Mangan
Rating: 7.5/10

The band is called Omenfilth, FFS - - what do you think it’s going to sound like?
Their 2018 album is called “Hymns of Diabolical Treachery,” because of course it is. They’ve only been around since 2013, based out of San Pablo, but they’ve absolutely captured the sound of primal, burgeoning, mid-80s Death Metal, emulating Death and Kreator, with a bit of Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates) in the vocals.


The production isn’t much better than a mic’ed boombox and a Maxell cassette, but they make it work. I kid about expectations based on the band name, but these songs are actually pretty well-written, with engaging, melodic riffs amidst the shitty sound quality and the noise. I’m particularly impressed with “Demogorgon” (inspired by Dungeons and Dragons? Or Stranger Things?) I’m less impressed that the final song of the five on the album, “Black Ritual of Demonic Possession,” is twenty-seven minutes of eerie noises, like a Halloween sound FX CD from Party City.
Note: this is a special edition cassette re-release, so pop it into the deck on your ‘85 Pontiac Firebird. Your old boombox will also do the trick; just have a pencil ready for respooling. The songs are on Side A, the 27-minute creepy noises track is Side B. The self-produced CD version of “Hymns of Diabolical Treachery” was originally released on Nero One Records.
Whatever medium, fans of classic Death Metal with a nostalgic bent will enjoy this one.

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