Album Review: Karma Violens – “Mount of the Congregation” 8/10 (Blackened Death)

Written by Zax

  • Karma ViolensMount of the Congregation
  • Blackened Death Metal from Greece
  • Released independently on April 2nd, 2021
  • 8/10

This might sound a little cheesy, but there are some albums that come along and make me think, “This is exactly what metal is supposed to sound like.” The atmosphere, the guitars, and the vocals all scream metal… without actually having to say it like some cringey limp dick power metal band. These albums are the epitome of metal to me, I felt this way about the new Raider album last year, and I’m thinking we may have another case of that here from Greek blackened death metal band Karma Violens.

Karma Violens have been around since 2002, but this is the first I’m hearing of them, and if this album is any indication, I need to hit up their back catalog, stat. First of all, the production is absolutely stellar, you can feel this album coming to life right in front of you, it’s intense. The atmosphere is hellish and fiery, and the light orchestral moments and synths are the cherry on top of this album’s vibe.

Now, they got the production and the atmosphere, but how’s the musicianship? Fucking badass, is how it is. The guitars are absolutely smoldering, pulling from black metal, death metal, and thrash with such raging intensity. The riffs are pounding and the lead work goes off! The drums just sound fantastic in this mix. Ferocious performance after ferocious performance, you really can’t go wrong!

Artwork by Giannis Nakos

This really is a lethal melting pot of death, black, and thrash. They even throw some power metal influence in there on the title track, and as I firmly established earlier, I’m generally not a fan of power metal, but they made pretty good work of it. The vocals are very solid, they match the intensity of the music very well and hold a lot of power!

I hope to see more people talking about this in 2021, stuff this badass does not deserve to be flying under the radar. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

8/10

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