Friday, 13 January 2012

Father Befouled - Morbid Destitution of Covenant

Father Befouled - Morbid Destitution of Covenant (BLOOD HARVEST - LP 2010)
If this won’t one of the heaviest and most obscure and morbid death metal albums you've ever listened to, then I have no idea what sort of bands you've heard. Man, Father Befouled is like a fuckin bulldozer, which goes through the towns, breaking the walls and destroying all the buildings. It's like a fuckin napalm, which was dropped upon the mankind, burning the skin to bare bones. But really, this is one of the grimmest, darkest, most sinister and mournful albums I've heard. Think of Incantation and then double it and maybe you'll get to understand how doomy stuff this is. No wonder though, the line up consists of no one else, but Ghoat and Elektrokutioner - two men, who're responsible for the most depressing LP I've got in my collection, for Encoffination's "O' Hell, Shine in Thy Whited Sepulchres". Those two play in many other projects also, like Festered, Beyond Hell (two great death metal acts) or Wooden Stake, Scaremaker, Skincrawler, Tombstones, Vomitchapel... The list goes on. I can only imagine how dark your psyche must be to compose the music for so many bands, among which Father Befouled and Encoffination bring the misery and depression into your home and make you lose all the joy and hope instantly.
To be honest, I keep asking myself why the hell do I like this LP so much?! I mean, usually I go for more energetic death metal sounds, for probably something faster or Swedish sounding. But well, there are also plenty of slower, maybe even doomy bands that I like a lot. And it's not just My Dying Bride, early Anathema, Decomposed, Incantation or Asphyx. But still it's very rare when a band from such genre catches my attention so much. Father Befouled did. I think it's all due to the overwhelming atmosphere of "Morbid Destitution of Covenant". It is damn scary. It is like a most sinister horror. Or even more so, it is like death yells from the pits of the darkest catacombs.
Anyway, "Morbid Destitution of Covenant" is excellent experience. The riffs are heavy, with very low tuning, raw and sharp production, and brutal, deep guttural vocals. The tempos not only focus on the slow paces, but quite often Father Befouled speeds up, playing such a massively heavy parts that they do create a feeling of claustrophobia, it’s like if the walls were getting closer and closer to you, so you scream in agony, squeezed in between the two monuments. I do like the fact that "Morbid Destitution of Covenant" has so many faster parts, even if with that they tend to remind Incantation or Dead Congregation a lot, but at least Father Befouled avoids this monotony, which is the biggest - and only - fault on "O' Hell, Shine in Thy Whited Sepulchres". Of course the doomy aspect of "Morbid Destitution of Covenant" is excellent, listen to such tracks as "As Reverence Descends” “His Divine Pestilence” or the opening part of “Paradise of Desecrated Nothingness”. This is one great funeral doom death metal, the atmosphere is just eerie and with some occasional intros it just gets creepy as hell (like the "Inno Sepulchrum" intro or “Now Desecrated”). But it's always great also to have more dynamics in the music and Father Befouled uses them in appropriate way. When you listen to such anthems like “Testament of Unholy Essence” or “Christless Mass”, then it really feels like the skies were burning and throwing down the thunders. And “Vomiting Impurity” includes even slightly more melodic riff, but that’s of course before the guitar and drum bashing goes back to normal. Ha, excellent stuff, really. Blood Harvest Records again did an excellent job with their vinyls, releasing a superb gatefold LP. I do recommend getting it, if not the LP then CD at least and trust me, this is some seriously massacring stuff. I regret I’m not familiar with Father Befouled’s debut LP “Obscurus Nex Cultus” or any of their EPs, but after hearing what’s on "Morbid Destitution of Covenant" I definitely will try to get those recordings also.
Final rate: 80/100

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