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Sulphurous – ‘The Black Mouth of Sepulchre’

Dark Descent Records
Phrenelith, Dead Congregation, Incantation, Morbid Angel, Tomb Mold
Release Date
Dark Descent Records
Death Metal

                In the lands of genericism, you must do something exceptionally well or go and do something unique. One band who have thrown their hat into the death metal ring are Sulphurous who are back with their sophomore album ‘The Black Mouth of Sepulchre’, their first album since 2018.

                What Sulphurous deliver here with ‘The Black Mouth…’ is another dose of battering death metal as the Danes do their best to bridge the gap between old school death metal and the newer death metal sounds. Tracks such as ‘Shadows Writing like Black Wings’, ‘Gazing into the Patch of Darkness’ and ‘Dry Breath of the Tomb’ show a band pummelling forward with the likes of Morbid Angel, Incantation and Immolation whilst also touching base with Phrenelith, Hyperdontia and Tomb Mold. To achieve this, ‘The Black Mouth…’ takes a little more progressive route with none of the tracks hitting under five minutes as passages elongate themselves falling between rapid fire riffage to half-time slam features. However, this is where ‘The Black Mouth…’ struggles as the album feels a little disjointed, like a jigsaw piece which doesn’t quite fit, its forced together through sheer will power alone.

                ‘The Black Mouth…’ is quite enjoyable and when it works, it does it well. However, Sulphurous are better than this, this is a band so close to unlocking its potential and when they do, the death metal world will know.

"Sulphurous are so close to unlocking their true potential"

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