Mental Cruelty, hailing from Karlsruhe, Germany, unleash their third album ‘A Hill to Die Upon’ today. The band that premiered with ‘Purgatorium’ in 2018 slams a next strike of brutal deathcore right into your face.
With the exception of the intro ‘Avgang’ and the interlude ‘Fossenbrate’, the quintet unleashes a metal storm that gets its power by a monolithic production with Josh Schroeder at the helm. ‘A Hill to Die Upon’ is massive and songs like the blackened ‘Abadon’ speaks for the energy that is embedded. What amplifies the aggressiveness are the cinematic soundscapes that are weaved into tunes like ‘Eternal Eclipse’. Mental Cruelty’s third longplayer represents an interesting mixture of blackened death metal and peaceful soundscapes with bloodcurdling and hoarse screams, being the counterpart to harmony.
‘A Hill to Die Upon’ represents extreme metal at its finest. Looking for compromises means to search in vain. This release aims for a smaller target group of extreme metal enthusiasts and fans of the band will definitely appreciate this longplayer.