Album Review: Devourment – Obscene Majesty 8.5 (Brutal Death)

Written by Zax

  • Devourment
  • Obscene Majesty
  • Brutal Death Metal
  • Texas, USA
  • August 16, 2019
  • 8.5/10

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Devourment are an infamous slam band out of Texas. Though they formed in 1995 their albums have been very few and far between, with only five studio albums to their name. That said, they’ve made a huge name for themselves. Their newest album Obscene Majesty is seeing tons of acclaim, it looks like it’ll be hitting a lot of AOTY lists this year.

This artwork is by serbian artist Atterigner who has also been the vocalist for Gorgoroth since 2012.

You might be wondering what exactly makes this album in particular so special. Well, this might just be one of the heaviest albums I have ever heard in my life. That can mainly be credited to the monstrous production and skull crushing riffs. I don’t exaggerate at all when I say these things either. I’ve heard that 10 guitars were tracked for every note on this album, which is absolutely mind blowing. Pair massive riffs like that with the most sludgy and massive sounding production imaginable and you have something on a whole new level of heavy.

Not only that, but for the entirety of this albums 47 minute run time it does not once let up. It’s like getting hit by a semi and then having it run back over you several times over, but you know, in a good way. The low end is deep and thunderous in tone, and the drums are produced, mixed, and performed very well. The vocals are absolutely filthy on this album. It showcases tunnel throat gutturals and inhuman growls.

There is a very good reason for the hype behind this album. It is absolute destruction and chaos in music form. This is top tier slam right here, brutality at its finest.


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