Italy´s Ekpyrosis debut full-length “Asphyxiating Devotion” is finally here! I was longing for this since I listened to their 2015 EP “Witness His Death”. The band continues with its evolution, offering a solid and powerful work from beginning to end. The opening song “Profound Death” is a pure sample of what you´ll experience through the whole album, straightforward old school death metal, fast and morbid guitar riffs, mixed with twisted mid-tempo and even a few slow and obscure doom parts, with good death growls. I would like to mention the passion and ferocity with which the members of the band execute each note in every song, and a special mention for the work of Ilaria Casiraghi on drums, brutal, and I really mean …brutal!!!
As I mentioned before the sound and style of this Italian band is rooted in old school death metal, and the raw production helps you feel that this album could have been unearthed from an early 90s grave.
Picking a favorite track from the album is not easy, because all the songs maintain a high level of intensity throughout the whole album, though the aforementioned track “Profound Death”, ”God Grotesque” with the obscure bass and drum intro, to then turn into a brutal and diabolical song, and the new version of “Morticians Of God” (which was my fave track from “Witness His Death”) are exellent, just to name a few.
The cool cover artwork has been drawn by Cesar Valladares, as for the new logo.
This debut full-lenght is a very recommendable and enjoyable album. Once again, I´ll be waiting for their new opus, in the meantime I´ll keep listening to "Asphyxiating Devotion". BTW, if you want to know more about the band please go to the interview section and check the cool interview we did some time ago!