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Surgikill - Sanguinary Revelation [Hells Headbangers - 2016]

Formed in 2014 by Stevo (Impetigo), Ash Thomas (Vladimirs), and Billy Nocera (Razorback Records), Surgikill sought to capture the vibe of fast, heavy, 90's death but with their own spin. Two years later, their debut, Sanguinary Revelations, sees it's vinyl release on Hell's Headbangers. Housing 10 songs of vile, pounding death metal fury, Surgikill's release will sate your old school lust while making you pump your fist for the future.

Fast, grinding, and heavy, Sanguinary Revelations pummels the listener with tight drums, thick, chugging riffs, and enough vocal variations to make Bobby McFerrin jealous. The ten tracks on display are short and sweet, and perfectly capture the gore-soaked vibe that made the scene they're capturing shine. All members are in blistering form on hyper, vile, grim speedsters like "Sanguiniac," "Relentless Revenge," and "The Bleeder." Along side these testaments to their musicianship are brooding, dark, chugfests like "Murderous Thirst," "Psychopathic Awakenings," and "Planet of the Vampires." Whether directly punishing the listener with speed or getting under his/her skin with well timed, heavy creep, Surgikill deftly constructs memorable songs though well written, well recorded, and very well played instrumentation. Tight, heavy drums keep the pace wonderfully while shredding riffs chug along with an almost Swedish sound. The combination of these instruments creates a full, brutal sound that should please even the most jaded listener. If this wasn't enough, four different vocalists add their own horrifying guttural ululations to the fray, keeping the listener on his/her toes. As an added bonus for Impetigo fans, the closer, "Planet of the Vampires" is the last song the band worked on before breaking up in 1993.

Fast, heavy, and vile, Sanguinary Revelations brings an old school vibe with some modern, personal flair. Skillfully switching speeds when necessary, Surgikill keeps from dulling by speed and increases brutality through heavy, doomy death. Sanguinary Relations is quickly paced and begs for repeated listens.

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Paul Casey
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