Originally starting their devastating conquest as a doom project, Cleric quickly shifted gears in just a year shaping in to a gnarled, buzz filled, crypt torching death metal outfit. In 2013 this juggernaut of death unleashed Gratum Inferno, and this year they are set to unleash yet another masterful monster titled Serpent Psalms. Packed with nine total tracks, this expansive, devastating and down right flesh devouring offering treats you to top notch death metal and nothing but. This effort is an ever flesh flaying and mind altering effort that leaves you soulless and lifeless once all has concluded. Serpent Psalms is a wicked and twisted offering, one that never relents and forever pulls you asunder to a never ending, venomous darkness.
Cleric does a great job of trapping you within the gnarled halls of their labyrinth of death from the drop of the first note. Forever twisting and contorting their wicked death riddled sound, Cleric offer up a truly expansive and shifting sound that takes your mind down corridor after corridor of horror and terror. In sickening combination of life expunging brutality, sinister melodies and an underlying deadly atmosphere, Cleric offer up a sound here that is something truly to behold. Each of the nine cuts of raw, buzzing death metal that are present here are just as sharp, gnashing and down right spine snapping as each other.
Unrepentant and ceaseless, Cleric march forth with malevolent and malicious intent marking you for an early exit to the after life. Serpent Psalms is a wicked and devilish record, one that steals your life leaving you as nothing more than a husk. Warping, destructive, brain skewering, menacing, terrorizing and so many more descriptors can be used to understand this release. The fact remains that Serpent Psalms is a truly anvil heavy, skull sheering effort that will worm its way into your brain and manifest itself there for quite some time.
Cleric remains impressive here with this record as they show off their truly great death metal chops as they offer up nothing but putrid, buzzing and blood letting death. Through and through, Serpent Psalms is a great record as it treats you to nine excellent tracks one right after the next. There isn’t a track here that lacks anything as each one is executed and written well making the entire release to be well rounded and cohesive. Serpent Psalms is simply just an outstanding death metal release, one that you would be foolish to look over.
Serpent Psalms will be unleashed October 25 through Redefining Darkness Records and Raw Skull Records.
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