Album Review: Gravehill – The Unchaste, the Profane & the Wicked (Dark Descent Records)

Southern California death metal veterans Gravehill return on March 16th 2018 with their fourth album (first since 2014’s Death Curse) The Unchaste, the Profane & the Wicked. The album will be released by Dark Descent Records.

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Blazingly heavy, Gravehill come screeching out of the blocks as if they’re on fire. Bestial Genesis, Iron and Sulphur & The Unchaste are a trio of tracks that showcase a death metal style that is feral but structured with plenty of rhythm & the occasional sharp hook.

Strong guitar riffs, thrashy drums & throaty vocals unite to make a distinguished listen especially with tracks like Plague Hammer & Sabbatic Whore causing absolute devastation in their wake.

If there is one flaw with The Unchaste, the Profane & the Wicked it’s simply that it’s not bringing anything that new to the table. Occasionally there’s a little something; a little guitar lick, a shift in tone or a smart tempo change but for the most part, it’s box-ticking. It just so happens Gravehill are great at it.

The latter half of the album shows some solid growth from the death metallers. Seemingly increasing in confidence, The Wicked & D.I.E. providing two final, worthy tracks of crunching metal.

You can’t go wrong with this level of death metal & Grave Hill have certainly proved they can deliver solid & impactful results.

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Gravehill – The Unchaste, the Profane & the Wicked Full Track Listing:

1. Bestial Genesis
2. Iron and Sulphur
3. The Unchaste
4. Plague Hammer
5. The Profane
6. Sabbatic Whore
7. The Wicked
8. D.I.E.

You can pick Gravehill’s releases on Bandcamp and the new album via Dark Descent Records here. You can find out more/keep up to date with news via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and check out some of their videos on YouTube.

Gravehill - The Unchaste, the Profane & the Wicked (Dark Descent Records)
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