MDPR Clients: A Pretext to Human Suffering - Rotting Sanctum - Reviewed By Full Metal Mayhem ! Check it out here at this link: https://lorenzvangore.wixsite.com/fullmetalmayhem/post/a-pretext-to-human-suffering-mit-rotting-sanctum
Release date: November 27, 2020
Other releases of the band: This is their first EP, for which there are still three single releases.
How did I get to know the band: Again I was made aware of this band by Metal Devastation Radio. So have a listen and I found the sound not bad during the first audio samples.
How do I find the record: Today we're listening to a really brutal piece of death lead, so let's go:
ROTTING SANCTUM opens the album quite technically but also very brutally at the same time. The vocals are pretty dark and inhuman as you can expect from Brutal Death. The drums keep changing their beat, but they keep it tinkered and give the rest a decent foundation. A good start.
CHAIN OF COMMAND / / OPPRESSION starts off nicely dark and bassy. Although the drums are racing here, too, there is no hectic rush, as with many others, instead everything comes together nicely, to an ultra-brutal piece of death lead. The text is harsh media criticism. What you make of it is up to you.
HUMANITYS FINALE CLEANSE starts with a crisp, short bass line, while brutal firing comes out of the speakers. Live, with a decent sound engineer, the song could even squeeze the beer out of the mugs. Towards the end it gets really technical again.
LOATHE hits the same line, nice and fast and brutal, with nasty vocals and a lot of slam. There's not much more to say than a great song on a great EP.
NO LIGHT LIVES ends the EP with a little break in style. Here we don't sink into the depths of the tonal world as much as with the other songs, nonetheless it remains a brutal song.
Conclusion: a really good record. They're on my list. - Full Metal Mayhem
FFO: Ingested, Cryptopsy, The Adversary era Thy Art is Murder.
Influences: Carnivorous Voracity, Cerebral Incubation, Archspire, Defeated Sanity, Guttural Secrete.
A Pretext to Human Suffering (hereafter “APTHS“) are a relatively new force for destruction in the extreme metal scene. They are an international band consisting of Chris Mathis (Defleshed and Gutted), who writes all the music and performs guitars and vocals, Lord Marco (Rings of Saturn, ex-Braindrill) on drums, Wes Van Hook (Sold Soul) on guitar, Beto Vipe (Devour the Unborn) on guitar, and Spencer Atkinson (Cryptic Enslavement) on bass. They’ve just released their RealityFade Records debut EP, "Rotting Sanctum“.
As you’ll discover through this new EP, APTHS occupy an intersection where different traditions of death metal meet. The music could be considered part slam, part brutal death metal, and part technical death metal. It metes out ferocious punishment, the kind that will get your motor running in a damned hurry, but will also give your head a swift and bewildering spin, and as icing on the cake it generates an atmosphere of ghastly horror.
Chain of Command// Oppression drum play through:
Rotting Sanctum guitar play through:
Rotting Sanctum lyric video: