Album Review: Crescent - Pyramid Slaves

Ancient Egyptian mythology,history was always enigmatic,mysterious and ambiguous from centuries and obviously difficult to trace . Cleansing ignorance and darkness Egypt enlightened their mysterious history through spreading knowledge and exposed to the world about ancient enormous fields of science. I believe that the fascination over ancient Egypt will never end and for a good reason.Actually whenever I saw something related with Egyptian mythology,concept  that article or image or band whatever easily attracted me because of their epic history,magnificent theme,culture . In the matter of metal music nowadays the underground is full of newcomers who bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas .
Well,In the middle of 2014 Cairo based Egyptian blackened death metal band Crescent unveiled their debut full length album entitled “Pyramid Slaves” . This album consist with 7 tracks . Basically Crescent was formed in 1999 and in before they had released two EP entitled “Dreamland” in 1999 and “The Retribution” in 2009. Death Metal with Middle Eastern,Mesopotamian or otherwise unconventional influences enjoys indeed tend quite popular . Certain Egyptian mythological theme based bands were able to gain proper attention and Crescent appeared becoming a well established group of bands who can make a fully sound and creative and with a lot of poetry in his lyrics,with well crafted,distinct content . Already Nile,Coffin Texts,Melechesh,Maat is successful and well renowned band with Egyptian mythology but easily “Crescent” became one of my favorite Egyptian mythological band with their mystique and epic musical style . now I’m straight diving to the point about this new album .
when at first I've checked out their first track I was surprised and  this album sounds so authentic, mature it's hard to believe it's only their debut album . After a multiple listen this album infused me with  their heavy, powerful, blasting ,overarching, chromatic musical style laced with technical riffs work ,blackened, gloomy atmospheric vibe with Middle Eastern musical influence just  blew me away . They have exudes tremendous effort in radiant way on this album with excellent diligence and nailed it . I really appreciate this bands each and every musicians unsurpassed ability and skill . This whole album reflects the grand diversity of sound brought together on this album .Their incredibly sensitive, slightly sandy, dusty antique and disparate musical styles all combined in one bold, enlightened display of unbound creativity Despite the often fast , furious, cacophonous, heavy and barbarous form of death metal assaults with a lots of segments of  black metal laced with technical death metal , Middle Eastern musical aspects enriched this album that is very powerful,heavy and excellent all at the same time along with a good  balance of technical death metal music, Middle Eastern music, melody and brutality with strangulated , intricate riffs work and those effective rasps simultaneously . I highly appreciate and embrace this album because of their distinct style .
This albums opening track starts with desert, sandy, dusty Middle eastern scenario followed by blast beating, fast death metal music with onslaught of savage guitar and a wall of spectacular drums  . From this new album we get ultra-fast, oppressive death metal finest variety with just make enough melody . This album is filled with a slew of twisted , traversed ,chugging, groovy, intricate, apocalyptic, crushing riffs line ups with technical prowess . As well bass line up is shifting, chaotic, distorted, rumbled and punchy . Drumming,percussion line up is thundering, dodgy, punishing, frantic,blast beating and rabidly insane . There are a slew of individual riffs, solo sections which sound briefly something exotic . In each track intricate, spectacular riffs, bass lineups matched in fantastic way with technical orientation . This album indulge strong songwriting and brilliant musicianship . Tempo changes are excellent and complicated. Vocals roaring growls, deep rasps, aggressive, vigorous, crucial voice intertwined in a good manner with their utterly savage, merciless, onslaught, violent, uncanny blackened death metal sound with a lots of technical prowess, melodic, Middle Eastern musical accompaniment and embedded perfectly .
I really worship this band. Each song have an energy, fluency and dominating power. Stand out tracks are all of em. I personally cherish each and every single track . Album artwork is atrocious, indelible. Their album artwork reminds me about Hieroglyphics and Portrayed the flavor of Egyptian mythology . Overall "Pyramid Slaves" whole album Sound extremely promising, engrossing , significant and technically well proficient . Indeed this album is such an true gem of this year and this album will give you unyielding awesomeness from beginning  to the end . Their potential on this debut album is appreciable . "Pyramid Slaves" so presented as unshakable strong pyramid . I’ll say this whole album is aesthetics of death metal . outstanding another one release of this year so far . From now I’ll wait for their sophomore release . This is strongly recommend to add it in your collection and this whole album perfectly orchestrated exercise of pure unadulterated mythological death metal.

 Rating: 4.2/5 - ‎Review by Souvik Basu - ‎Dec 16, 2014

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