This dark little number popped into our inbox the other day and I picked it out on a whim. The text said that it was death metal, I was in a death metally kind of mood, so… that’s how it often goes here at Moshville Towers.
Delyria are based in Grosseto, Italy. They kicked off in 2005, playing mainly covers of Death classics and released their first all-original demo “At The Wane of the Sun” followed by their first EP in 2007. Since then the band have recorded four albums, but only released three of them. The third didn’t see the light of day at the band line-up changed considerably around that time. Instead we have Sulphurous Extinction, album four to be made, three to be released.
I like albums that have an edge of originality and Sulphurous Extinction manages this from the opening of the first track. “Nuclear Winter Conspiracy” kicks off with some clean acoustic guitars before discordant electric comes in, follows by the brutal chaos that’s more in keeping with Delyria’s style. They’re a wall of evil sound, definitely a touch more extreme than the band that started them going all those years ago… though they’re not averse to dropping in a near-melodic passage here or there.
“Thenia Worm” follows the theme of slightly non-standard intros with an opening that almost pays homage to John Carpenter. Not a lot, but there’s definitely something keyboardy under there. The track itself is absolutely death/thrash-tastic featuring dual vocals, fast tempos and a great breakdown at the midpoint.
Eight of the nine tracks are designed to raise Hell, or at least some semblance of it on earth. Or at the very least, frantic moshpits. “Reforged Hate Machine” is a typical example. Heavy, dark, non-stop and utterly, utterly violence-inducing. This isn’t the old-school, head-nodding death metal. This is catchy and intense, but still every bit as involving as the classics.
The odd one out is atmospheric instrumental number “From Saturn to the Sun” which , despite being acoustic, doesn’t seem out of place on the album. It reminds me of the little widdly bits that Pestilence sometimes put in between the songs on their albums.
As ever, it’s nice to hear something new from a band that I’d not come across before. For those who like the heavier side of the scale, I can definitely recommend checking out Sulphurous Extinction.