Review: Hyperdontia – Nexus of Teeth

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Label: Dark Descent Records

It might seem absurd to say, given that their brand of death metal is steeped in ruin and decay, but Hyperdontia are the result of a happy accident. Chance meetings between members of the Turkish and Danish scenes – including Undergang vocalist D.M. and M.G. of Decaying Purity – eventually led to the international band taking shape. Following EP Abhorence Veil,  the band now return with Nexus of Teeth, an album of such power and conviction that it can stand up to the best of the modern old-school death metal revival. It may not be especially original, but there’s no sense arguing agianst that when the results of this devastating. Dirty as the grave, cloaked in decay and stinking of the grave, this album is nasty in the best possible way.

To be clear, Nexus of Teeth is the kind of album that has absolutely no intention of changing or pushing the boundaries of its chosen genre in any way, shape, or form. Instead, it’s a celebration of all that is good about old-school death metal. Riffs that are equal parts Incantation and Morbid Angel sit atop drums that sound like skulls being crushed underfoot; and the vocals, as should be expected are a disgusting exhalation from the underworld in the manner that has been the norm for years and years. And yet, none of this is intended as a slight – instead, it’s evidence of just how solid Nexus of Teeth is, and how well it achieves its stated aims. Its the sound of a bunch of friends getting together, playing the music they enjoy, and doing it in superb style.

You’d be well within your rights to ask why this makes Nexus of Teeth stand out from the hordes of similar bands and albums of this style, or why you shouldn’t just go back to the classics. To which, there is a very simple answer: Nexus of Teeth, and Hyperdontia more widely, are simply extremely good at what they do. The riffs are so finely honed, the songs so well structured, that they could never be mistaken for anything other than the work of masters of the genre. Every song feels like a highlight; every lead feels stronger than the one before it, every drum hit another step on the road of the undeniable conquest of death, every vocal bellow a command from the underworld to simply bang your fucking head.

And truly, there is no resisting Nexus of Teeth. Complaints about unoriginality completely miss the point of the album; who cares about originality, when the results of focusing on the lessons of the old masters are this fucking good? This is how death metal should be: crude, powerful, and a hell of a lot of fun. Dark Descent are probably one of the most reliable record labels out there right now when it comes to death metal, and in Nexus of Teeth, they have another winner on their hands. This one has real bite.

Nexus of Teeth is due for release on 14 September 2018. It can be pre-ordered on CD and vinyl via Dark Descent Records, and on CD, vinyl, and digital from Bandcamp.

 

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