Burial Hordes - Devotion to Unholy Creed Review
by Matt Hensch
Name a fool that doesn't like Celtic Frost, Hellhammer, Mayhem, Sodom, or old-school black/thrash metal worship? Spoiler alert: you fucking can't. Burial Hordes emerged from Greece with said-banner held above their war-scorned heads, proudly boasting an enraged evolution over blackened metal's prototypical stage, yet redefined to modernity without turning into a self-charade or embarrassment. "Devotion to Unholy Creed," the band's second album, is a monolithic collection of black metal at its most primitive stage, losing all consciousness and becoming a ravenous, bloodthirsty animal hell-bent on unrelenting violence. Could you, as a metal fan, ask for anything better than true-to-the-bone thrashing in tribute to Hellhammer or Sodom? The answer is no, no you can't.
"Devotion to Unholy Creed" is an energetic slab of riff-orientated black metal that frankly slays no matter how you see it. The band showcases a mighty exploration of old-school black metal riffs that sound stripped straight out of a Bathory or Hellhammer release, layered in heavy tremolo themes and explosive might. Burial Hordes, however, perform a number of tasks to make sure their vicious guitar attack doesn't rot the listener's interest when exploring crushing mid-paced patterns or the group's booming speed. Plus, the riffs sound distinct and provide an album based on not sounding the same; instead,
Burial Hordes makes their songs unique and climatically great all at once. The metallic underground was gleefully abuzz when Burial Hordes offered this slab of bloody meat to its followers during the record's release, prompting a foundation based on riff after riff of blackened madness, and for good reason.
It's totally clear the band is heavily influenced by hardcore punk acts based on their song structures featuring raw, dirty formulas and no need to write bombastic tracks, hence the release's immediate need to cannibalize. Overall though, the variety they provide is certainly rare in this retro foundation, often shown by the band's wonderful ability to keep their material interesting with obscure drum fills, constant musical transformations, and generally making sure your corpse will get flayed. Burial Hordes makes everything they do sound like napalm raining from the sky while all the sadistic, demented freaks of planet Earth gather around and happily open their mouths to ingest the burning substance. Nothing sounds more corrosive and poisonous than "Devotion to Unholy Creed," seriously.
Some might say "Devotion to Unholy Creed" could be "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" jacked up on adrenaline, or perhaps a unique collection of sleazy black metal refusing to sober up and put a shirt on. Burial Hordes, whatever the label, have inseminated a ration of pure destruction and doom that totally slays in every way. Those of you questing for bombastic black metal layered in symphonic keyboards and other dazzling efforts will most likely find nothing of value here, but I believe that is the point. Burial Hordes thrive on balancing chunky riffs and nihilistic atmospheres through their own mountain of wonderful annihilation, and thus, have no need to execute larger-than-Thor productions. If an asskicking is what you want, "Devotion to Unholy Creed" will gladly do the trick.
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