Adversarial / Paroxsihzem – Warpit of Coiling Atrocities (2014) — CD REVIEW

IMG_1661By way of Canada a rising scourge and a notorious plague birthed from death coalesce on this split CD from Vault of Dried Bones, the resulting malady of Warpit of Coiling Atrocities is unquestionably savage.

This is a long-awaited dose of Adversarial which thrills, and if you haven’t been introduced to Paroxsihzem there will be no forgetting following this release. Read on.

So this is a two-part attack from Canada’s east, fresh from the vault and teeming with bestial repugnance as portrayed through two different lenses of two equally focused acts. I was excited to hear this one.

I shouldn’t need to reiterate my respect and admiration for bands like Adversarial. These guys are real. I’ll tell you now that the three original tracks plus one terrific Morbid Angel cover follow the groups tradition of exciting, tumultuous material with a few twists within  the maelstrom; worth the wait in every sense.

Devastating percussion, impressive and raw guitar work, nauseous vocals. It’s another satisfying step in their ceaseless warpath and you shouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself on your ass afterwards.

IMG_1663Their portion on this record begins with an instrumental invocation “Feral Light Rising”, overlapping samples of growls roars,  and revving machinery mesh in and out of fading trail of riffs and blasts. I do wish it build up a bit longer, and I’d like to see where that riff was going. Unexpected.

The more substantial original tracks follow, aggressive and smart as always ripping through dirt and flesh alike and immediately feeling like a squall. “Warwolf” bristles, it’s Adversarial at their most uncompromising and that vicious style is pungent. The vocals feel considerably more ugly. Winding, dissonant, shredding riffs tear up the just over two minutes of space, immediately satisfying.

Once “Cursed Blades Cast Upon The Slavescum Of Christ” charges into focus you can absolutely tell there has been no real corresponding lull in creativity to correspond to the general silence of the band. This starts and ends much like the best of their material from All Idols Fall Before The Hammer and the split with Antediluvian. Particularly the last half, where the riffs and drumming whip up into such a violent yet articulate frenzy it feels like discovering them all over again.

Their last entry as mentioned is a cover of “Vengeance Is Mine”, fitting in well with the bands own hectic material. Much like their Archgoat and Incantation covers on previous EPs they nail it and give a different foul touch as well.

Overall this is another wicked contribution to the genre further solidifying Adversarial’s position, showing that their upcoming sophomore LP will be something to behold.

IMG_1665On the other hand, readers might not be all too familiar with the barbarity spreading in Paroxsihzem’s wake. Formed by Impugnor (also part of Nuclearhammer) and Krag (who handled the art on this and their last release) and now strengthened by Abyss’ presence on drums. I came into contact with them when I was still in Toronto, starting with their 2012 self-titled record which explored another vein of dark death metal through a intensely history-centric theme.

For a debut in the hardened Canadian death metal landscape it was admirable, genuinely intense due to an overwhelming drum section and the merciless riffs, chasmic vocals dredging into light warfare’s history. It was ripe with potential. On this split there’s a touch of growth from their self-titled suggesting they will be another band in the Canadian landscape to continue watching.

Paroxsihzem wield their terrible murk with great confidence, and it is a markedly different approach compared to Adversarial. Compared to Impugnor’s influence in Nuclearhammer there is no doubt a difference in styles even there. Though the potency of the riffs remains similar the course is less feverish, and in this splits context a bit more exploratory.

Longer form, meandering guitar passages dig through a distressed atmosphere. When things tighten up as in the first track (or on the previous record, tracks like “Tsirhcitna Eht) there is a definite resemblance to Adversarial’s malevolence in terms of smart, substantive writing buttressing the consonance of the two members.

Indeed the initial track “Maelstrom of Four” is a skirmish that exemplifies this. While starting off bleak on a subtly melodic section over the anxious voice samples, it quickly becomes deserving of its title. Worming around in a clouded tremolo furor, gruff and coarse voice, it’s tense but not as overwhelming in the percussive area which can cut either way for some. Kicks feel a little buried at times but everything else stands out.

The track itself slays, appropriately dusty and lively with a good sense of gloom too, keeping tight right to the end.

Following this “Tormented Attrition” shows another approach, slower, more methodical. The break from the spiraling tremolos in the middle feels really good, Krag shows more diverse range near the end dipping into Haasiophis (Antediluvian) territory, and the drumming once the last riff tags the opening lands strongly.

Again this further distances themselves from their split mates. To end “Ypsilanti’s Christs” shows off a more elaborate return to that earlier explored unnerving slithering. Chaos from the outset, only simmering around two minutes in where the gloom and dissonance sets in strong. From that point the build back to havoc grips well,  and at the end cauterizing with a thoroughly satisfying hammering.

I’m enjoying the material from their side of this record. I will say I’m still more impressed with their debut because of the sheer intensity it brought, but their contribution to this split is no slouch. Well planned and executed with enough flex to keep one guessing even within the tumultuous genre they inhabit. Paired with Adversarial the efforts still stand out rigidly with the first track being considerably nasty, and overall very loud and unforgiving.

Right now this is out on Vault of Dried Bones in jewel case CD form, glossy booklet and inserts with cryptic sections of lyrics and attributions and portraits laid among the dark art the album is encased in. Warpit of Coiling Atrocities’ debut pressing came out nicely, as all things handled by the Vault are wont to do.

If you’re looking to get a copy excellent death metal split from Vault of Dried Bones here in Canada, and I would bet that places like Dark Descent, Nuclear War Now! Productions, or Iron Bonehead Productions will be carrying copies as well. Later this year as mentioned there will be a vinyl a pressing so keep watching their pages for updates on that.

Until then I totally recommend this split. Support total death and stream it below on bandcamp.

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