Combining black metal and death metal is like mixing two potent poisons together that can melt you down into a sickening red liquid. What Artifact of Skulls does very well is create music for you that is wholly blasphemous and entirely chaotic. Their newest album III: Luciferian Blasphemy is what you would expect from a band that combines two of the most energetic and potent genres in metal together. You get a blast of psychotic music that dismembers you and tears you apart limb from limb and creates soundscapes that are morbid and harmful.
While this release is relatively short, each song provides you with enough music to flay your flesh and drain your marrow from your bones. Each song is raw and dissonant and played at warp speed. Your life was never taken into account when Artifact of Skulls created this piece of work as everything they do is to harm you and create harsh and vile soundscapes. Both of the genres that are present within this release are balanced well as neither command more attention than the next.
Black and death metal are married very well within III: Luciferian Blasphemy to supply you with a mind numbing and blood letting experience. This new record from these ghastly sinners cuts you deeply and lacerates you every chance that it gets. Through each song, Artifact of Skulls throws everything at you creating a hostile and unsettling listen.
III: Luciferian Blasphemy is bestial and raw and it comes at you from every angle. There is nowhere to escape this hideous monster of an album. You can try to run all you want, but eventually it will catch up with you and feast on you delightfully. Artifact of Skulls has created something that is unrelenting and purely savage and flesh shredding, and as soon as you press play your torment does not stop until the final song has concluded.
Through this five track effort you get assaulted and tortured with sharp and dismal riffs that are coupled with heavy bass lines only to rupture your innards with pounding drumming. On top of the sickening musicianship are the vocals that are roared at you from the very depths of hell. With everything put together in this putrid release, you get something that is terrifying and sounds as though you will be dragged through the bowels of hell at any moment.
III: Luciferian Blasphemy is a nightmare to behold and induces plenty of them. This record is played at a blistering pace and isn’t afraid to barrel straight through your chest and have your entrails spill out of you. This record is meant for any black metal fan and any death metal fan as it spreads through both genres well. Get your nightly sacrifices ready and headbang with Satan to Artifact of Skulls.