Sometimes, with death metal that draws deeply from the likes of Incantation, it can seem like bands have forgotten the “metal” part of things. Atmospheres and darkness is all well and good – and there is undeniably a place in metal for it – but sometimes, I just want to hear some riffs that will have me banging my head. Enter Demonic Obedience and latest album Fatalistic Uprising of Abhorrent Creation. Clearly influenced by Incantation, Dead Congregation, and with hints of Morbid Angel, the album relies less on atmosphere to be successful than some modern contemporaries do, and instead bombards the listener with riff after riff after riff.
There is still plenty of atmosphere here, of course – this kind of death metal will always be steeped in it when done well. But it doesn’t feel as if that’s the focus of Demonic Obedience. Instead, they’re a death metal band that will remind you of just how great the riffs in this kind of music can be, full of darkness and otherworldly power. The production is maybe a little cleaner than the norm, but this actually works to the benefit of the band, allowing the music to come through strongly. Fatalistic Uprising of Abhorrent Creation is a strong album in a crowded scene, and one that deserves your attention.