ARKAIK EXCRUCIATION - Among the Vortex of Chaos (Tertius Oculus Perceptio - CD 2015)
Some time ago I was brutally hit and massacred by some killer death grinding tunes recorded by Bodybag, great new Spanish band that I recommend to all fans of the old school stuff like Terrorizer or Autopsy. Later I was contacted by M.S., who plays guitar in Bodybag and he sent over to me a CD of another band he plays in, called Arkaik Excruciation. This band released their debut demo “Among the Vortex of Chaos” in 2014; it was released on tape first, but the CD was later ejaculated by Tertius Oculus Perceptio in 2015. So, it’s definitely really cool to have a chance to hear this stuff and discover another name from the bottomless abyss of extreme metal underground.
Mentioning Bodybag and their influences will be very misleading for you though, as basically there’s almost nothing common between them and Arkaik Excruciation. Don’t be also suggested by the death / thrash tag, which they have on Metal Archives. As far as I can hear, “Among the Vortex of Chaos” is chaotic, raw, utterly vulgar and disgusting death / black metal outburst. This music is far from being nice and polite. “Among the Vortex of Chaos” is just aggressive and obscure, the riffs and production are noisy, the vocals are rough and sick… I guess clearly there are some influences from such masters of depravity as Blasphemy and Black Witchery. It’s evil sounding, it’s sick, primitive and chaotic, it’s bestial and harsh as fuck. It’s also mainly fast, but I like how they play those slower bits like in the title song for example, which surely is the best one from the whole demo. Also “Razors” is just excellent, with some bone crushing riffs and great atmosphere. But I’m very pleased with the whole “Among the Vortex of Chaos”, even if I like Bodybag music more, Arkaik Excruciation is also damn cool and surely the maniacs of the raw sounding morbid death / black metal will enjoy it.
And let me tell you in the end that I’ve listened to couple of tracks from the upcoming release titled “Cursed Blood of Doom” and they’re even better! It shall be out through Duplicate Records on vinyl, so keep your eyes open!
Standout track: “Among the Vortex of Chaos”, “Razors”
Final rate: 70/100