Pulling a page from the old-school death metal book and possibly planted here in our present time from the mid-eighties is Sentient Horror and dragging up with them from the a pile of putrid bodies is their newest offering titled Ungodly Forms. Ungodly Forms is nothing but straight up death metal for twelve songs and if you think you would be crawling out of this album alive, you are sorely mistaken. As the songs roll on, you get pelted with skull grinding death metal in its purest form. Sentient Horror bleeds death metal and that much is apparent as soon as you lift your finger off of the play button.
Sentient Horror leads you into this death metal savagery with a brooding intro, and immediately after they shove you into the wood chipper head first. The intro Into the Abyss… sets the tone for the rest of the album of course, and that tone is grim, gritty and filthy and those are themes that last throughout this release. Each song is a bulldozer of death and they don’t quit until everyone and everything is flattened. Ungodly Forms is a massive and monolithic death metal album that makes you feel as though you just dug your own grave for your final resting place after listening.
There is no denying what this album is, and this album is barbaric and neck breaking release that has no sympathy for mankind and complete disregard for yours and anyone else’s life. Sentient Horror not only is barbaric and bludgeoning, but they give off a certain sinister atmosphere as well that makes the listen just that much more detrimental to you. It seems as though each song was soaked in pure horror and wrapped in anything and everything that you can think of that is sinister. All twelve songs on this record pack a nasty punch and you will be lucky to leave the listen with all of your teeth still in your head.
Ungodly Forms is riddled with diseased riffs that are combined with flesh scorching guitar solos, acrobatic drumming, head splitting bass lines and vocals that sound as though they just have been unearthed from a shallow grave. Ungodly Forms is a sinister and brooding slab of neck twisting death metal that gets you headbanging straight to the grave almost immediately. This is an undeniably powerful and intoxicating record as it warrants plenty of rotations and commands you to headbang until your head falls off your shoulders.
This is one fine death metal album that oozes death and right off the bat you can tell that Sentient Horror lives, breathes, eats and sleeps death metal. Ungodly Forms is uncompromising in their approach to traditional death metal and that shows through as this is a well crafted and well executed album. Ungodly Forms is an album that should be on everyone’s radar as it is one of the finest death metal records to come out this year.
Ungodly Forms will be out December 9, 2016 through Redefining Darkness for North America and Testimony Records for Europe.