Angerot ventures deep into the Valley of Ov on The Profound Recreant, leaning arduous into the pressure of theatrical Satanism that ran by way of their first two albums. We’re defiling daughters right here, swallowing different folks’s mucous, and slaking the lust of the just lately widowed. Choirs chime in to doc the assorted blasphemies, with horns and keys dropping by so as to add occasional symphonic thrives. I often want my satan shit with at the very least a touch of a wink; this type of deadpan Satanism generally feels no much less tedious than listening to a Jehovah’s Witness who simply knocked on the door throughout dinner. When it really works, it’s as a result of the band in query by no means breaks character whereas additionally bringing the songwriting items. With that in thoughts, it’s no shock that the dual specters of Belphegor and Behemoth loom over The Profound Recreant. Can Angerot meet the problem posed by these subgenre titans, or will the Darkish Father, Most Hideous Font ov All Joyous Sin, sentence them to remedial courses in heresy?
All of it comes all the way down to the songs. The Profound Recreant delivers 9 of them–seven if you happen to low cost the choral bookends. Regardless of the overlay of Antichrist ooga-booga, Angerot nonetheless performs the identical stout, excessive ABV share demise metallic that stuffed out their first two platters. Chad Petit’s burly vocals usually dominate the proceedings, thudding away at your eardrums like Grond on the gates of Minas Tirith. He’s backed by his personal (extremely succesful) band and a borderline ridiculous host of visitor gamers who embody Sammy Duet from Goatwhore and Acid Tub and Andy Larocque of King Diamond fame. The Profound Recreant appears like an album calculated to launch Angerot to the highest of pageant payments, and people studied strikes reduce the influence of this slab. Thankfully, the writing abilities that made these South Dakotans’ first two choices stand out stay intact. The Profound Recreant could also be a slight disappointment to those that had been hoping for an uninterrupted artistic ascent, however the album remains to be a potent good time that delivers its share of demise metallic earworms.
Gird your self towards the onslaught of bombastic cheese, and also you’ll be rewarded with a full larder of memorable jams. Lead single and first correct music “They Shall Take Up Serpents” kicks issues off with model. The Behemoth vibes are massive right here, however at the very least Angerot is channeling the very best of Nergal’s hit-or-miss outfit. “The Bastard Creature” is an all-timer, throwing visitor spots from Sammy Duet and Jack Owen on the wall and coming away with a killer anthem that’s positive to discover a spot on Ferox‘s 2023 playlists. The symphonic parts are utilized sparingly, however they arrive to the fore within the horror-soundtrack intro to “The Profound Recreant.” The album stomps previous earlier than you may have time to get bored, and even the handful of middling songs go down simple.
AMG Himself holds that listening to lyrics in metallic is a shedding sport, however you sort of can’t assist it with The Profound Recreant. Petit’s lyrics are simply understood, which doesn’t all the time work to Angerot’s benefit. He inhabits a writing voice that’s finest described as Boastful Blasphemer. It’s enjoyable in restricted doses, however all of the chest-thumping about varied depravities will get numbing after a bit. Lowlight “Behold the Blessed Black” crosses over into the Realm ov Camp. Mix these over-the-top tendencies with an limitless onslaught of visitor spots and some lackluster tunes, and it’s apparent that The Profound Recreant isn’t the large assertion that Angerot gave the impression to be constructing towards with their first two albums.
This can be a proficient crew who don’t really feel able to placing out a foul file. However as a substitute of rising extra absolutely into their very own voice on The Profound Recreant, Angerot has taken a scattered strategy that feels prefer it’s calculated to please everybody. I can see myself going again to this one once I want a demise metallic repair, however it’s extra doubtless that the standout songs shall be stripped out and added to my exercise playlists. The Profound Recreant is a succesful blast of theatrical demise metallic that owes an enormous debt to its influences–however I can’t assist wishing that Angerot had discovered their very own method down the left-hand path.
DR: 7 | Format Reviewed: V0
Label: Redefining Darkness Information
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Releases Worldwide: March 24, 2023