Appaling are a band from Richmond, Virginia that has been featured before in this zine and plays a blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their 2022 album "Sacrilege" which will be released in December by Personal Records.
A very dark yet heavy sound starts off the album while you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording. Vocals are a mixture of death metal growls and black metal screams along with the faster sections of the songs also adding in a decent amount of blast beats.
Tremolo picking can also be heard in some of the faster riffing while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some of the tracks also being very long and epic in length as well as the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic yet chaotic style when t hey are utilized and the whole album sticks to a heavier direction, spoken word parts are also added on the closing track.
On this recording Appaling remain true to the blackened death metal style that they had established on their previous release. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Satanism, Anti Christianity and Mental Illness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Appaling and if you are a fan of blackened death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Life In Prism" "Father Inferior" and "These People need To Die". 8 out of 10.