From Rome, Lazio Italy, Hideous Divinity are a Italian technical brutal death metal band that uses conceptual lyricism based on horror films with a modernized flair of distinctive flavorings for extreme music. Now joined to a new label being Century Media Records, Simulacrum is the latest offering prior to 2017’s Adveniens which was my first introduction to the band and boy I wasn’t disappointed at all. Simulacrum is one of the most highlighted, technical, visceral and the most perfected Hideous Divinity albums in recent memory.
From the band’s outstanding chemistry, solid production value and blistering passages of relentless brutality, these musicians took their sound to the maximum level possible and increased volumes featuring Hour Of Penance-esque interpretations and propelling drums are very well structured in a sense you can hear every instrument provided a rather sharp, clear and concentrated melodic melodies keeping the elements unique and scratched to the surface perfectly.
There’s also moments I get to hear blackened death metal signatures with tracks including Bent Until Fracture, Prey To A Vision, The Deaden Room and perhaps one of the most standout songs on the album being Seed Of Future Horror doesn’t necessarily rely on technicality for most musical parts but instead the album portrays a mid-paced and rhythmic patterns of indoctrinated and unadulterated disturbances within the paradox’s this album truly shines it’s glory. Then secondary half of this album showcases decent portions of tremolo riffage, Suffocation inspired annihilating sequences of disgusted heaviness and a innovation so complex that Simulacrum is without question, Hideous Divinity’s heaviest and most polished sounding records they’ve done to date.
But when it comes to the Italian scene with artists ranging from Fleshgod Apocalypse, Bloodtruth, Hour Of Penance, and Deceptionist, Hideous Divinity are on our their to create a finest establishment which combines technical brutal death metal with a hint touch of old dchool death atmospherics into a modernized twist making Simulacrum a fantastic album beginning to end. This is truly one of my many favorites of 2019 and highly recommended for fans of Nile, Behemoth, Beneath, Logic Of Denial and Deeds Of Flesh.
Overall Score: 9.5/10
Review by Jake Butler
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