Bringing forth a raw, maggot infested, infected and filthy old-school death metal sound is Hellsworn and up from the catacombs they bring with them their newest release Repulsive Existence. Repulsive Existence is filled to the bursting point with rotting flesh, putrescent blood, rotted cadavers and enough grime to choke a horse. Hellsworn is vile and their music is vile, and never once do they try to cover that up with anything but brain rotting death metal. From the very beginning to the very end you feel as though you yourself are covered in night crawlers and pungent mulch and as soon as the last note is finished you feel an intense urge to bathe.
Repulsive Existence is an onslaught of death metal as all six songs have you dig your own grave and have you lie in it, and sooner or later the vermin and the maggots begin to eat you fetid flesh. Hellsworn starts you off with a barrage of filth and that is exactly what you get for the remainder of the record. Never once do you get a break until you finish digging the hole for your shallow grave. Repulsive Existence is thunderous and steamrolls you within an inch of your life, and if you’re lucky you will be completely exterminated.
As soon as you press play and the title track begins you get a tepid whiff of what is to come. Throughout this release you get pulverized by completely unrelenting death metal that strips you bare of your flesh and revels in your blood and the agony that you are subjected to. Before you know it, the leathery hand of death is reaching out for you to pull you into a never ending oblivion and signals the end of your life. Hellsworn plays an uncompromising style of death metal as it is raw, putrid and wholly skin crawling and really they wouldn’t want it any other way.
When one song concludes the next begins as the entire deadly horde of death metal begins to collapse upon you sooner or later. Hellsworn does a great job of ladling out droves and droves of buzzing rib cracking riffs backed by face smashing drumming and wretched bass lines. The vocals that come through are soaked in gore and bile and sound just as cadaverous and deadly as the music surrounding them. There aren’t fillers and there aren’t any breaks within Repulsive Existence and what you get from that is incredibly devastating and rotting death metal.
This entire album is rotting, fetid and repulsive as the title of the record suggests. There isn’t a song on here that isn’t poisonous and wretched and with the passing of each track you can see your life fading quickly. This is a piece of pure death metal at its rawest, pulsing and bleeding form and is sure to please any death-head.
Repulsive Existence will be out through Underground Movement July 12, 2016.
Check out the advanced track Voices From Beyond the Grave.