Crawling up from a shallow and damp grave is Gods Forsaken and from the rotting pit they haul with them their debut full length titled In a Pitch Black Grave. This record is heavily inspired by the Swedish death metal bands of the eighties and nineties but even so, Gods Forsaken never rip bands off or sound like any particular band. Instead, they take that old-school sound and make it heavier and most importantly their own. But more than that, In a Pitch Black Grave is a solid nine track heavy weight death metal album that packs quite the bone grinding punch.
Gods Forsaken begin this record with the title track which begins with someone being buried alive in a coffin, but once that eerie intro works its way out, Gods Forsaken blasts forth with their disgustingly heinous brand of death metal. Once this album begins Gods Forsaken rolls on and on with malicious, malevolent tune one right after another. Gods Forsaken hack, slash and blast their way through these nine songs providing you with nothing but pure, unfiltered and incredibly raw death metal.
This is pure no bullshit death metal. No fluff, no filler, no frill, just uncompromising and life threatening death metal. Each song is terrifying and attacks you from every angle with buzzsaw riffs, anvil heavy drumming, and grotesque and monstrous vocals that would tear any mortal’s throat right open. These songs are filthy, dark, twisted and skull grinding, but even though you feel as though you have been beaten to a bloodied mangled pulp, you still want to come back for more and more sickening death.
In a Pitch Black Grave is hard not to bang your head to and not lose your mind to. Gods Forsaken could not have put out a better debut full length even if they tried. This entire record front to back is incredibly well done. In a Pitch Black Grave is a massive pile of rotting death and malevolence and holy fuck is it enjoyable. In a Pitch Black Grave has to be one of the best death metal records so far this year if not the best so far.