Unaussprechlichen Kulten represents extremity in every way, their name representing the book of arcane literature in the Cthulhu Mythos and Lovecraftian mythology. Their sonic torture dating back to 2001 has only heralded six full-length releases with Häxan Sabaoth being the Chilean’s latest.
For those unfamiliar with Latin American death metal, it is fierce, uncompromising and delivers a darkness that their northern neighbours cannot match, Unequalled in their ferocity and denseness, a sound so thick and cloying the double chug of ‘’ Dho Hna Formula’’ virtually terrifying amongst the discordant chaos and slower passages that represent ‘’ Back to the Mother Hydra and Father Dagon’’. This is a very guitar-orientated album and the riffs are delivered with intense heat or the cold brittleness of black metal that makes itself present in sections. It is however wildly diverse and incredibly fast, from the brief synth of the epic “ Die Teufelsbücher” and its solos underpinned by the constant onslaught of double kicks or the razor-sharp intensity of ‘’ Lamia Sucuba’’ the lengthy tracks are on constant time changes and movement, defiant uncompromising yet with an ear for melody amongst the madness. The atmosphere is colossal, the brief spoken words adding testimony to the ritual that ranks amongst the greats of death metal. When the pace drops and the atmosphere kicks in, as on the huge bridge that is ‘’Cuatro Velas de Cebo Infantil’’ it is proof that they are unafraid to experiment within the genre yet staying loyal to their roots with even more great flourishes of guitar madness.
Häxan Sabaoth is without doubt Unaussprechlichen Kulten’s greatest moment and at times a tremendous representation of their sheer force of will. This is brutal proudly delivered hard edged death metal used as a weapon that is wildly addictive and damaging to the senses! Highly recommended.
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Release Year: 2024
Label: Iron Bonehead
Reviewed by Sparky