(8/10) The name says it all – ‘Something Wicked Marches In’. What else should be the outcome of a cooperation of Rune Eriksen (Aura Noir, Earth Electirc) and David Vincent, knows from Morbid Angel. These veterans, together with drummer Flo Mounier, are Vltimas and they recorded a metallic blast.
The musical heritage of the three metallers is black- and death metal and ‘Something Wicked Marches In’ isn’t taking any other direction. The trio releases under the moniker of Vltimas rude death metal with a bit of a blackened undertone.
The greatness of this album sits in the songwriting. Instead of blunt and uncontrolled velocity ‘Something Wicked Marches In’ features death metal that reflects twists and moves you hardly can predict. Songs like the massive ‘Monolilith’ are masterpieces in this genre. It is a ruthless epos that unfolds it’s subtile evil over five minutes.
There are two more of these long but not lengthy crushers on the album. ‘Last Ones Alive Win Nothing’ and ‘Marching On’ are fierce and vicious death metal anthems that benefit from Vincent’s growling as well as it’s the stone cold riffing that flash-freezes any upcoming spring feeling.
In contrast to these longer tunes it’s the short and evil ‘Total Destroy!’ that doesn’t take any prisoners. It’s an aural attack that doesn’t consider any unnecessary side tracks . You can’t get out of the way of this wrecking ball.
‘Something Wicked Marches In’ is a real genre highlight. It’s an album that proves that death metal can have more layers than just a merciless pace and guttural growls. Welcome to the wicked beauty.
- Something Wicked Marches In
- Total Destroy!
- Truth And Consequence
- Last Ones Alive Win Nothing
- Diabolus Est Sanguis
- Marching On
Label: Season Of Mist
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date EU: March 29th, 2019