Plague Pit are a band from Ireland that has been featured before in this zine and plays a blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their self released 2019 album "Topeth Ablaze".
Dark yet ritualistic soundscapes start off the album before going into a heavier direction while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. When the music speeds up a great amount of brutal blast beats can also be heard along with the vocals being mostly death metal growls.
A good mixture of both modern and old school influences can also be heard in the music while the songs also add in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When solos and leads are utilized they stick to more of a darker style of death metal. A great amount of black metal elements can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording.
Grim screams can also be heard in some parts of the music while a touch of doom/death metal can also be heard in some of the slower riffing. Some of the fast riffs also utilize tremolo picking at times to enhance the black metal side of the music and one of the later tracks is very long and epic in length and also introduces ritualistic spoken word parts into the music. The production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover Satanism and Occultism themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Plague Pit and if you are a fan of blackened death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Mercurial Emanations" "Sacrilegious Idolatry" and "Membranum". 8 out of 10.
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