Released: November 22nd, 2019 / Dying Victims Productions
Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine
“Embracing a wealth of haunted sounds and textures, this sepulchral slab of metal conjures an atmosphere rich in the romantic repugnance of horror’s past masters which it uses the setting for a 37-minute nightmare of nocturnal menace, occult fascination, and bloody vengeance.”
As well as the above paragraph states from their promo sheet, Manchester, England’s Aggressive Perfector also states that they are ‘summoning the ghosts of Tank, Slayer, Venom and Mercyful Fate.’ A line that intrigued me immediately and I am sure many others as well.
One can hear very minor influences within their for sure, but to actually say you are summoning the ghosts of such highly regarded and influential acts to me would lead one to also believe that the music would tend to sound a bit more closer to those mentioned.
Now, as I look at what I’ve got here so far, I do not want to start this as a negative review. It should not come off that way. But those statements pulled us in and did not totally deliver on that front. However, what we have here is more of a throwback to the ‘80s classic heavy metal.
What these Brits do have to offer is actually pretty good in its own right. So I suppose it is good that they do not sound too close to the ghosts they have summoned as that also may not have been the best thing to do. The nightmarish murder and mayhem fueled stories are laid out in a true classic metal form. The tracks are fairly catchy and have grown on me from one listen to the next.
This is Aggressive Perfector’s debut release and I must say, they are off to a good start. A raw sounding heavy metal opus that even with its classic style, allows its listeners to separate the band away from the pack. Only good things to follow. Check this one out. It is a good effort.
Mr. 666 – Bass, Vocals (additional)
Intimidator – Drums, Guitars, Synth
Dan Holocausto – Vocals, Guitars