Saturday, April 26, 2014

Review: Killgasm - A Stab in the Heart of Christ

Summoned from the gates of hell in 2002, California's Killgasm have amassed an army of fans in their decade long existence and have shared the stage with some highly respected acts such as Malignancy, Goatwhore and Pathology... just to name a few. Their debut full-length album, Bloodbath of Satanic Vengeance, was released on UW Records in 2011 and made its well received rounds among ravenous bloodthirsty crowds. Moribund Records is now the unholy domain of Killgasm, and their follow-up book of sacrilegious hymns, known now as A Stab in the Heart of Christ, is about to be unleashed upon the world.

Genre: Black Metal, Grindcore
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
  1. Black Grinding Terror
  2. Revenge of the Panzergoat
  3. Planet Earth Mass Grave
  4. The Smell of Stolen Innocence
  5. Cold, Dead and Spread
  6. High on Church Fumes
  7. A Stab in the Heart of Christ
  8. Fisting Your Faith
  9. Miserable Existence
  10. Humanity in Ashes
Total Playtime: 38 minutes, 57 seconds

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Rating: 9.5/10




Summoned from the gates of hell in 2002, California's Killgasm have amassed an army of fans in their decade long existence and have shared the stage with some highly respected acts such as Malignancy, Goatwhore and Pathology... just to name a few. Their debut full-length album, Bloodbath of Satanic Vengeance, was released on UW Records in 2011 and made its well received rounds among ravenous bloodthirsty crowds. Moribund Records is now the unholy domain of Killgasm, and their follow-up book of sacrilegious hymns, known now as A Stab in the Heart of Christ, is about to be unleashed upon the world.

Killgasm prove themselves once again to be a blasphemous and unstoppable force to be reckoned with on this sophomore effort; consistent dark, hell-ridden imagery is mixed with ferocious compositions that repeatedly takes stabs at any resemblance of holiness, leaving a large bleeding gash that profusely spills life essence until the end of the content. The song compositions flow fluidly and uncoagulated as they undertake unpredictable structure and tempo changes, utilizing nearly every offering of black metal techniques, grind-style rapidity and then some.

Every instrument is played with aggressive passion, and being executed in such a manner are outstanding in their own way. The drums never settle on one beat for more than ten or twenty seconds at most, pushing the motion of the background ever forward with everything from blast beats to fevered triplets and obscure patterns; these features hammer away at their height in "The Smell of Stolen Innocence", which is also one of the most unforgettable tracks of the album, and includes an engaging drum roll that passes from the left to right speaker. At times, as in "Revenge of the Panzergoat", the snare pop is a little too loud and takes attention away from the rest of the instruments, however the impacting presence of the bass guitar provides a deep, offsetting twang that helps the material to recover. Although not overly skilled or technically pressing, the bass fills the small gaps between the guitar and drums and keeps the album audibly weighted, especially during the slowest track, "Miserable Existence".


Despite the snare flaw in "Revenge of the Panzergoat", this track offers up one of the most spine chilling growls of the content. While the vocals make high pitched grind-influenced growls their main focus, there is also an assault of lows, even gutturals, which ensure that this ingredient never becomes sedimentary. Surprisingly enough there are pig squeals here and there, the most powerful being in "Humanity in Ashes" and "High on Church Fumes". More often than not the vocalist will follow the pattern of the guitar riffs and morphs his octaves according to ascending/descending fret changes. The guitar itself travels along the entire fretboard, effectively displaying an array of sharps, flats and rhythmic chord scales. Undoubtedly the most catchy progressions come from the guitar, and the rest of the instrument compositions are centered around this founding element; this leads to the creation of many memorable tracks and moments in the material, most notably "Revenge of the Panzergoat" for its ever changing plethora of ascending/descending guitar structures and hammer on/pull off bridges that branch into the main structure, the unexpected rests in "Fisting Your Faith" and the title track "A Stab in the Heart of Christ".

An extraordinary, bloody black metal experience that's made up of multitudes of interesting compositions that include interesting rhythms and rich instrument textures that are sure to keep the audience interested from beginning to end. As well, the incorporation of many talking audio snippets taking from various sources add a dark atmosphere to A Stab in the Heart of Christ. Killgasm have made a strong entry that many will find tantalizingly enjoyable for an extended period of time. Hands down one of the best releases thus far of 2014 and not to be missed under any circumstance.

Digital Download Provided by: Moribund Records

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