Spewing forth from the very depths of hell comes Devilpriest and their debut album Devil Inspired Chants. Right off the bat Devilpriest makes you feel unwelcome as they rain heavy blood drenched riffs and skull cracking drums down upon you nearly immediately. Devilpriest doesn’t give you much time at all to become acquainted with them as they shove their sickening brand of blackened death metal down your throat as soon as you press play. From the first track Withstand The Holy Ghost on, you become encircled by a sonic wall of madness and pure evil. Through and through, Devil Inspired Chants is a sinister and venomous record that never lets up as it leads you to the altar of sacrifice.
The old-school approach is certainly a tried and true approach among new bands and that is the sound that you get with Devilpriest. You get an old-school blackened death metal sound from them, and while death metal and black metal are flooded with bands that take this old-school sound it can get tedious. That being said, the way in which Devilpriest utilize this throw back sound makes Devil Inspired Chants to be an entertaining and head banging listen regardless.
There isn’t anything that is completely new or ground breaking within Devil Inspired Chants, but even so, Devilpriest executes this record very well creating a chaotic storm of pure madness and Satanic worship. Everything on this record is done very well; from the maniacal screams to the blood saturated riffs to the blasting drums all the way to the clean production. Devil Inspired Chants is a solid record that dares you to listen beyond the first track and when you do you discover some flesh shredding and skull crumbling tunes.
Coming from a band that is just entering the death/black metal fray, this is an impressive and well orchestrated debut record. Through eight tracks you are presented with poisonous and wretched blackened death metal. Each track is worth cranking and snapping your neck to and Devil Inspired Chants is worth listening to more than just a couple of times.
This release is dark, satanic, twisted, chaotic and very heavy. Devilpriest never give you too many moments to pause and catch your breath. Devil Inspired Chants is a death machine as they roll through track after track of barbaric and slaughtering metal.
Devil Inspired Chants will be out November 10, 2017 through Pagan Records.