The Sleeping Village is proud to present our first track premiere! Behold:
Sacrificial Slaughter, the lead single from Reign of Terror’s forthcoming sophomore effort, appropriately entitled Revolution Through Violence, is a meaty slab of groovy, slam-ridden death. Beyond that, however, it is also a refinement of approach and style. Leaning into the deathier side of the equation and forsaking some of the more overtly blackened elements of this duo’s earlier work, this punchy track gleefully bleeds aggressive tendencies. No vague intent here: “this album is a lot heavier...more of a "fuck you" to the big corporations and religion,” says Jereth Fewings, sole instrumentalist. Subtle? Hardly. This music doesn’t know the meaning of the word. Between this track and their debut album (which shall receive a full review shortly,) Reign of Terror has been responsible for a lot of the blood splattered on the Sleeping Village’s walls, as of late.
Mighty combat-boot stomping riffs--think Devourment’s chug plus Deicide’s falling-down-the-stairs momentum--maintain constant vertebral punishment. It’s an exercise in the exact knuckle-dusting jubilance I have swiftly come to love about this passion project’s core identity. Channeling the gurgling grotesqueries of the aforementioned Deicide, and the grating expulsion of Vomitory, vocalist Oscar Diaz also makes a strong showing. Sacrificial Slaughter represents some of his most confident work yet--the whirlpool intensity of his diaphragm imploding growls are satisfying in their blanket brutality, and the brief appearance of his higher rasp, which before remained the most impressive aspect of his range, truly shine.
Sacrificial Slaughter is death metal boiled down to it's more enjoyable elements, plain ‘n’ simple. Loud. Boisterous. Viciously Fun. Listen to it here:
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