|Review: Pseudogod - Deathwomb Catechesis|
Label: Primitive Reaction
Year released: 2012
Review online: May 4, 2012
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Chaos breeds. All mankind is destroyed by fire and brimstones. Satanic Armageddon is here - coming towards us in the form of these Russian Black/Death Metal terrorists called Pseudogod. It's always nice to notice new Metal forces rising from a little bit more obscure countries, even if the Russian Metal scene isn't from the most obscure direction anymore these days. Pseudogod have been around since 2004 and have released a sufficient amount of stuff on various independent labels (three split releases and one DVD).
Deathwomb Catechesis is Pseudogod's debut full-length studio album under Finnish underground label Primitive Reaction and it is a pitch-black, frenzied whirlwind of both Black and Death Metal that these Russian fellows serve by catapults straight on our necks. Unfortunately they only managed to lift my left eyebrow just a half inch higher due to some mixed feelings I have about this record. Partly, this is basically due to those extra guttural - as well as an extra low vomits of I.S.K.H. - and some slower, doom-tinged parts on this 7-track effort of these Russian Armageddon worshippers. They remind me slightly of Incantation here and there, but switched into a crucifix-breaking Black Metal mode. After a while, their songs tend to get a teeny-weeny repetitious and dull, making them sound like one big messy cacophony of flying sounds without any purpose really, and that's where I have some problems with this record, every time I listen to it. Alternatively, perhaps it's simply just me who fails to put my own nose deep enough into Pseudogod's morbid realm of flesh-pounding Black/Death Metal songs - who knows.
Either way, undoubtedly Deathwomb Catechesis will divide opinions. Being only momentarily a good album just doesn't cut enough innocent flesh for me. I'm sorry.
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