Extirpation are a band from Italy that has had music reviewed before in this zine an on this recording plays a very progressive form of blackened thrash metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "A Damnation's Stairway to the Altar Of Failure" which will be re-issued on cassette in December, 2020 by Redefining Darkness Records.
A very dark and avant garde sounding keyboard intro starts off the album which also adds in a brief use of spoken word parts before going into a heavier direction. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams.
The riffs also add in a decent amount of melody while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the music also adding in a great amount of thrash metal elements.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with the music also taking an old school style and making it sound modern modern as well as the album also having its progressive moments and as the recording progresses synths also make a brief return and clean playing can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover madness, hate, paranoia and world decay themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Extirpation and if you are a fan of progressive and blackened thrash metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Into Disease" "Faith Of The Parasite" and "...to The Altar Of Failure". 8 out of 10.