Sicktus : Zealotry made quite an impression in 2016 with their sophomore album ‘The Last Witness’. Dark, heavy death with a big dose of prog influences. The three-piece hold on to that stylistic approach on ‘At The Nexus Of All Stillborn Worlds’, even developing it some more. This third full-length is once again packed with some 42 minutes of brutal, crushing-yet-progressive death. The prog influences shine through even more than on its predecessor, without diminishing the overall brutality Zealotry are displaying here even the slightest.
The album is dark and heavy, layered and detailed, challenging, complex, intense. But: fortunately there is none of that “fast for the sake of playing fast” bollocks, nor are there any ridiculous and unnecessary, over the top attempts at being “epic”... Whether it is the complex bass lines, screaming solo’s, gloomy synths or even a Therion-esque choir here or there: it is all in service of creating really strong, powerful, brutal songs. As on ‘The Last Witness’, I get some Nocturnus vibes throughout the album, albeit more in the overall dark, at times bleak, often gloomy, alienating and dissonant atmosphere Zealotry create and less in the songs themselves. The sound is rich, powerful, but leaves enough space for each instrument to shine and features a prominent spot in the mix for the bass.
If you dig your death with some intense prog influences and if the combination of Immolation, Atheist, Gorguts with some Ayreon thrown in sounds like a dream come true: check this out. It is definitely not the most accessible album you’ll hear this month, but if you put in the effort, it is one of the best.