Dear darkness ! That bass sounds thicc. One of the best blackened death metal project this year along side the geniuses of Black curse. It is just relentless aggression, all very well paced, with great production and great playing from every members. Finland delivers.
Favorite track: Voiceless Calling.
Although a brand new entity to some, PROSCRIPTION’s origins can be traced all the way to the late 90’s, back when Terry ‘Christbutcher’ Clark was still living in his native Colorado, learning to raise hell with EXCOMMUNION. A decade later, after relocating to Finland, MAVETH became his new vehicle and over the course of two demos, one album and one split CD redefined how ‘dark’ death metal ought to be and sound. And while the band’s sudden demise in 2017 took everybody by surprise, instead of resting on his laurels, Christbutcher immediately vowed to follow the same path albeit under a new flag of hate, PROSCRIPTION.
Spearheading a new, broader and even darker sound, PROSCRIPTION aren’t MAVETH part 2, even more so since Christbutcher is here assisted by a whole new line-up,including Cruciatus from renowned DARK DESCENT alumni LANTERN who contributed to the music of ‘Thy Black Nimbus Gate’ for instance. The result is as majestic as it is menacing sounding. Simply put, this is the kind of death metal that can swallow worlds and exterminate all light.
Only preceded by one digital only demo back in 2018, their first album Conduit, recorded between March and June 2019, showcases a new side to Christbutcher’s musical prowess while retaining that suffocating yet catchy trademark touch. Almost symphonic in parts (as hinted by the poignant intro ‘Four Wings Within the Samiel’) and with a new found sense of morbid melody emphasizing even more their taste for the epic, with a track like ‘Thy Black Nimbus Gate’ almost suggesting the grand opening of the red sea itself, Conduit is not only an extension of Christbutcher’s unique vision, it expands it even more to an almost apocalyptic level. This is just the beginning...
released September 24, 2020
Recorded by K. Laanto at Sonic Violence Audio
Mixed/mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio
Cover art by Samuel Araya
Logo by Christbutcher and Christophe Szpajdel
Lyrics by Naas Alcameth
Than Wilson (Casket Huffer) on "Voiceless Calling"
Dave Otero on "Thy Black Nimbus Gate"
Apep - Bass
Mikko Koskinen - Drums
Cruciatus - Guitar
Christbutcher - Guitar/Vocals
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Necrot gives me the feeling I had when I first heard Metallica and Slayer in the 80s. These guys are special. Thanks to Tanner Ellison and the Seek & Destroy metal show on KEXP for introducing me. Ryan Johnson