Band: Thulsa Doom
Title: Realms of Hatred
Label: Invictus Productions
Release Date: 7th December 2018
Format reviewed: Digital Promo
THULSA DOOM has erupted from the Italian underground with an undeniably strong and crushing six-track demo “Realms of Hatred”, released on cassette by Invictus Productions on the 7th December 2018. The death metal trio formed in late 2017 and with this demo offer up 22 minutes of what can only be described as raw, classic death metal. “Realms of Hatred” stays true to the genre, delivering a style that is reminiscent of such great acts as Morbid Angel and Possessed. The only real hint of modernism in this release is the clean production value, which punches out the high-end tones nicely but without polishing any of the gritty edges. This is illustrated clearly during the fierce guitar solo of track one “The Final Scourge”. The demo is teeming with catchy riffs and aggressive drumming which heighten the anticipation of the impending guttural vocal assaults. There are two brief instrumental tracks sprinkled in, which offer the listener a few moments of sweet relief between the bouts of brutal onslaught. These include the doom-esque title track “Realms of Hatred” and track five which is beautifully serene yet oddly named “Intro”.
THULSA DOOM are not reinventing the death wheel with “Realms of Hatred”, but what they do offer is a return to the death metal sounds of days gone, coupled with modern sounding production. So, if you are nostalgic for the glory days of death metal and prefer your music to be assertive yet disheveled and thickly coated in grime then this will be a gratifying slab for you. Support THULSA DOOM and grab a digital download of “Realms of Hatred” from the Invictus Productions Bandcamp or purchase a physical cassette from the Invictus Productions webstore. 7.5/10 Proua Metallist
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