Sicktus : American outfit Gravehill play a gritty mix of death, black and thrash metal and the Californian quintet do that rather well on ‘The Unchaste, The Profane & The Wicked’, if you ask me! A very driven, punchy slab of death/thrash, mainly delivered in a feisty uptempo pace is what we get on this latest release. The band have delivered some well received albums before, with ’When All Roads Lead To Hell’ (2011) and ’Death Curse’ (2014), among others. I myself got to know their work on the split with Mordbrand in 2016. The Gravehill tracks on that split didn’t really do it for me back then, to be honest, but what the band serves up on this new full-length has much more to offer.
Anno 2018, the band combine the rawness of Destroyer 666, the drive of Nifelheim, the rattle’n’roll of Hellhammer, the bluntness of Gehennah – but I am also reminded at times of the older songs of a much more melodic thrash band like The Crown. That last comparison was quite the surprise for me while listening to ‘The Unchaste, The Profane & The Wicked’ for the first time, but it does make for a much more varied and catchy album – without sacrificing any rawness or purity, mind you.
If you are looking for some catchy as hell and very driven death/thrash, with a shit ton of thrashy riffing, good grooves, driven drums and thundering bass, with some catchy melodies and screaming leads thrown in here and there and brought together with a mean-yet-articulate growl, you would do well to at least give this thrash’n’rolling album a spin. No world shocker, but in all of its straightforwardness, rather enjoyable!