Dennis : In February of this year the vinyl version of ‘Downfall of the Apostates’ was already released through Night Shroud Records, and now the American label Dark Descent Records releases the album on CD and digital for all of those who do not own a record player. ‘Downfall of the Apostates’ is the second full length album from the Danes from Deiquisitor, who debuted in 2016 with their self-titled album ‘Deiquisitor’. Guitarist / vocalist Thomas F.J. and drummer Henrik B.C. are two veterans from the Danish metalscene and gained experience in mostly black metal bands like Fallen Angel, Offerkult, Wolfslair and Blodfest since the early nineties. Together they formed Deiquisitor in 2013 and decided that old school occult death metal was their new style. With the addition of bassist Daniel A in 2014 they completed their stable line-up.
On ‘Downfall of the Apostates’ the trio from Lejre treat us with some of the finest aggressive and occult death metal with an old school vibe that reminisces of American death metal bands like Incantation and old Immolation. The nine filthy death metal tracks with lyrics based on occult, extraterrestrial and conspiracy themes are deeply rooted in the early nineties death metal scene and work really well. The album was recorded in the Ballade Studios in Copenhagen (Slaegt, Dead Instrument and Phrenelith) and mastered by Dan Lowndes (Cruciamentum, Absu, Sigh). Compared to their debut album, ‘Downfall of the Apostates’ has a clearly better production, with all instruments clearly defined and a powerful sound, giving the songs the sound they deserve. The cover artwork of Danish artist MFJørg on the CD version only shows a quarter of the full artwork, in contrast to the vinyl version that has the whole impressive artwork and would plead for a vinyl purchase. ‘Downfall of the Apostate’ can be recommended to all fans old school death metal!