Label: Profound Lore Records
Of Feather And Bone haven’t so much evolved in recent years, as they have morphed into something new. The change from their early, more hardcore sound on Embrace the Wretched Flesh to the cavernous death metal of Bestial Hymns of Perversion is remarkable – especially when you consider that Bestial Hymns… is one of the most impressive death metal albums of the year. Filled with that sense of the other that the likes of Incantation tap in to, whilst also possessing a very human feeling of brutality, what Of Feather And Bone have created is remarkable.
One of my least favourite aspects of this style of death metal is how the songs often drag on too long – but that’s not the case here. With the longest song at a fairly economical 5:14, Bestial Hymns… is filled with songs that do not waste any time. Their relatively concise durations play to their strengths, throwing the listener straight in to the maelstrom and ensuring that there is a constant sense of momentum and (dark) energy. Even better is that this is all wrapped up in references to the Aztec underworld, paying homage to bassist/vocalist Alvino Salcedo’s heritage. It makes for a stunning listen, and an album that is sure to rank highly on end of year lists come December.