In our ongoing investigation of deceptive and outright fraudulent extreme metal acts, we pull the rug under a handful of established outfits that don’t even seem to bother hiding that they are after your money first, artistic integrity a distant second - an audience satisfaction not even registering. The more we pull away the blinds the more obvious these practices become. Maybe your favorite band is in here, maybe your life-long inspiration only cares about the dollars/euros you’re giving him/her? Don’t be fooled, there are plenty of honest, hard-working metal bands everywhere in the scene. It’s just that these money-hungry, artistically vacuum units make it difficult for everybody involved. These bands stopped caring, they lost the passion and fire. In short: they Sold Their Souls...
I had some material done already before the demise of Lord Belial. Some of the material was actually intended for the next Lord Belial album, but since we disbanded I changed around all of the ideas into new songs.
I don’t really consider it that much superior. But we KEPT the quality from 1st to 4th album, and that is something that is not easy to do! And I think there will come a 5th album that will kick just as much ass.
Deiphago - "Satan Alpha Omega" (Costa Rica)
Hells Headbangers Records
Thanks to the wonders (or is that horrors?) of globalization music is now no longer bound to topographic location and the occured barriers this brings. War metal, the bastard offspring of German thrash and early Scandinavian black metal, was once a practice singularly identified with the sun-blasted outbacks of Australia. Deiphago, hailing from the Phillipines originally but relocated to Costa Rica more recently, is the latest example in a long tradition of worship bands from other parts of the world ripping off the black/death/thrash hybrid pioneered by Angelcorpse, Bestial Warlust and Deströyer 666 – but having nothing particularly of note to add to the established formula, thus rendering their existence beyond a local scene null and void. In the hands of more conceptually stronger acts (Denouncement Pyre, Perdition Temple and Abominator, for example) this subgenre can be a true whirlwind of chaos and brutality, in the hands of the lesser skilled it becomes a tedious exercise in formless noise and directionless superficial brutality. Adherents of this style will find much to like here, but like any merely competent release once the novelty wears off there’s precious little to recommend. “Satan Alpha Omega” isn’t exactly the pinnacle of the genre, neither is it entirely bereft of merit. Deiphago and other practitioners of this form harness all the chaos, speed and brutality you expect from such a release, but there’s little identity of their own to discover upon repeated listens. As brash, chaotic and violent as Deiphago is – it isn’t enough to sustain this release and to elevate it any higher than a competent exercise in worship of the genre’s pioneers.http://www.hellsheadbangers.comWouter 5
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