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Review: Plague Bearer - Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation
Plague Bearer
Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation

Label: Nameless Grave Records
Year released: 2023
Duration: 37:11
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Death


Review online: May 2, 2023
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Plague Bearer are technically a side project of Drawn and Quartered's Kelly Kuciemba, by which I mean Drawn and Quartered started out as Plague Bearer and Kelly decided to take the name as an excuse to make murky, deep-voiced black/death. I can't say I'm familiar with Kelly's main band, but I can say that Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation is a grimy collection of vile blackened death metal with churning, deceptively dense guitar work containing some strong hellish leads, pummeling drums, and subterranean roars of hatred and despair. There's a real degree of professionalism to the songwriting that you typically associate with cleaner sounding bands, but the real beauty of this ugly ball of violence is how polished it is while remaining subterranean and defiantly anti-commercial, something that the legions of Behemoth wannabes could do with learning. I'd say more, but when you have tracks like "Decapitated Angels" and the blazing "Under One Sign" snarling in your face as they rip your fucking head off, the most I can add is that Summoning Apocalyptic Devastation is less of a title and more a promise of what the band is here to do. Highly recommended.

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