Perdition Temple, Merciless Upheaval (Hells Headbangers 2022)

Perdition Temple returns with their fierce fourth album, Merciless Upheaval.

Tampa’s Perdition Temple came together in 2009 with a musical mission first articulated on Edict of the Antichrist Elect (2010). An EP followed, then in 2015, The Tempter’s Victorious. Each new release was a step forward in the band’s formidable history. Rough seas ensued for a couple of years, followed by a renewed, solidified front on 2020’s Sacraments of Descension. The band is Gene Palubicki (vocals, guitar), Alex Blume (bass), and Ron Parmer (drums).

The new album has four original songs and four covers. New songs first. The title track breaks the ice, and my first thought is that the title is perfect. It is like a soundtrack to chaos with percussive savagery, willfully violent guitars, and Palubicki’s coarse and commanding vocals. “Execution Swarm” continues the death metal attack. The short lead guitar segments are like dive bombers aimed at your brain.

“Redemption Abattoir” might be my favorite track because of the turns it takes throughout. Every corner it explores fills in the picture a little bit more. “In Thrall of Malevolence” is clandestine in the way it circles around you, ultimately coming at you from every direction.

The covers are fascinating choices including classic bands all fans will know together with names that are less recognizable to some: Infernal Majesty, Pestilence, Shub Niggurath, and Morbid Angel. “Skeletons In The Closet” and “Blood On My Hands” are fantastic and especially wonderful to hear in these new renditions. I am delighted to see Perdition Temple offering respect to these storied bands with such reminiscences. The structure of the album is a winner, with half original tracks and half covers, the band has hit on a memorable combination. Recommended.

Merciless Upheaval is out through Hells Headbangers on Friday, June 24th. Have a look at the label’s shop and the band’s links.

Photos by Wayne Edwards, Higher Ground, Burlington, Vermont, 2019.

Links.

Bandcamp, https://perditiontemple.bandcamp.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/perditiontemple

Perdition Temple website, http://perditiontemple.com/

Hells Headbangers Records, https://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/

© Wayne Edwards

Perdition Temple, Merciless Upheaval (Hells Headbangers 2022)

Atomic Aggressor, Invoking The Primal Chaos (Hells Headbangers 2021)

Atomic Aggressor’s 2019 EP Invoking The Primal Chaos gets a vinyl release from Hells Headbangers.

Atomic Aggressor is a deaththrash band from Santiago. They were a raging force to be reckoned with in the late 1980s ~ early 1990s, releasing killer demos and gaining fans in hordes. They broke up way too early as far as their followers were concerned, but then the band reformed in 2007. Since then, they have been releasing music in a steady, slow flow, including the long-player Sights Of Suffering in 2014. The most recent issue is Invoking The Primal Chaos. According to the Metal Archives, the band for this EP is Enrique Zúñiga (guitar), Julio Bórquez (guitar), Alejandro Díaz (vocals, bass), and Alvaro Llanquitruf (drums).

There are four tracks on the record: “The Primal Chaos,” “Summoners Absolution,” “Primordial Wisdom,” and “Archetypal Balance.” The music has an old school death metal magnetism to it, and it is played at breath-taking velocity – hence the deaththrash labeling. There is a wickedness to these constructions that is eminently appealing. The lead guitar breaks always strike exactly the right tone for the song and the relentless rhythm builds a stadium in your mind for the vocals to perform in. What we have here is a raucous affair.

There was a CD and cassette version of Invoking The Primal Chaos issued in 2019 in Chile. Now you can get the vinyl (with digital) from Hells Headbangers. The platters dropped on the last day of 2021 so grab them while you still can. This is a good one. Recommended.

Links.

Bandcamp, https://atomicaggressor.bandcamp.com/album/invoking-the-primal-chaos

Facebook, https://business.facebook.com/AtomicAggressor/

Hells Headbangers Records, https://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/

Atomic Aggressor, Invoking The Primal Chaos (Hells Headbangers 2021)