The new album from Hellfire Deathcult screams from a deep void, Al Nombre De La Muerte.
Hellfire Deathcult is a black metal band from Chicago that perpetrates death and doom metal as well as part of the heavy music they create. Their first EP came out in 2014, Ave Mors, followed by their debut long-player two years later, Culto A La Muerte. The sophomore album was the well-received Black Death Terroristic Onslaught (2018). Fans of the black metal trio have had their longest wait yet for new music, and they are rewarded with a voracious, pillaging record of blight.
After the mood-setting introductory song “Grand Invocation Ov Black Death,” there are ten searing tracks on the album. First up, “Consumed By The Eternal Darkness Ov Death,” a song that delivers on the promise of its title. Dripping with blood, pain, and black ichor from the deepest realms, this music intends ill. Black metal indeed. “Devoted To The Order Ov The Black Light” continues the ideas, fostering no hope and no regard for the well-being of the universe. Here the cosmos faces relentless blackgrind metal and can do nothing to stop it.
Other tracks to look out for include “Divinities Damnation,” which starts on deep notes of doom (and I always appreciate that), and “Beneath The Black Moons Incantation” that pairs slower moments with the raking black metal speed so prevalent on other songs. As I think back on it now, “Ritualistic Sacrifice Ov Sacred Blood” might even have the edge over these two in my mind. The music is sinister, filled with fear-inducing chaos and dreary, soaking moments of gloom. Recommended.
Al Nombre De La Muerte is out on June 30th from Helter Skelter Productions through Regain Records. A vinyl version will follow later in the year.
Regain Records, https://regainrecords.bandcamp.com/
© Wayne Edwards