Heretical Sect are a band from Santa Fe, new Mexico that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a mixture of black, doom and death metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "Rapturous Flesh Consumed" which will be released in December as a joint effort between Redefining Darkness Records and Gilead Media.
A very dark and heavy sound starts of the album along with the vocals bringing in a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls. Melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing while elements of doom metal can be heard in the slower sections of the songs and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can also be heard while the songs also add in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Melodic yet ritualistic chanting can also be heard briefly along with some tremolo picking also being added into some of the faster riffing.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very dark, melodic yet chaotic style along with some of the tracks also being very long and epic in length as well as the music also adding in a decent amount of 90's influences but keeping it modern at the same time, spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and as the album progresses a brief use of synths can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover the perspective of Salvador de Guerra, a religious zealot and Catholic Padre infamous for mutilation and torture.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Heretical Sect and if you are a fan of black, doom and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Baptismal Rot And Ash" and "Degradation Temple". 8 out of 10.
PREORDER CD (Redefining Darkness)
PREORDER Vinyl (Gilead Media)
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