It can bring life or it can destroy... the power used is the bearers choice. The Scepter of the Ancients (Metal From Van Diemens Land) One of the Classics from Down Under and the last one with Original Singer [Chalky - now singing in Mephistopheles] and still their best Album.
Favorite track: Psycrology.
Tight, technical, complex Australian death metal with a variety of vocal approaches, a vast array of guitar techniques and an ambitious lyrical concept. The album consists of nine hyper-aggressive songs filled with ear-catching riffs and truly astonishing rhythm changes.
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21st century death metal has a tough job getting "the hook" right. Brutality, technicality: there is no secret formula to that first 60 seconds but "immediate" is one tack the bold employ, and cratsmen as skilled as BI reap rewards with it. An absolute masterclass in how to deliver a debut full-length, _Starspawn_ stands among maybe half a dozen DM records that offer the same what-the-fuck-is-this? feeling that _Altars of Madness_ had upon its releease 30 years ago. Paul Schwarz
New Zealand technical death outfit Ulcerate have often been praised for their innovative genre approach—but six albums into their discography, there's even greater strength in their consistency. Bandcamp Album of the Day Dec 20, 2016