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Album Reviews : Depravity – Reign Of The Depraved

By on April 7, 2017

West Australian Death Metal Juggernaut Depravity have just made their debut EP, Reign of the Depraved available for free download via their bandcamp page. On the surface this generous offer might seem a little strange. But with the recording for their highly anticipated debut full length wrapping up, you’d argue that making their music readily available could help them reach more fans and set them up nicely for a strong reception with the new album.

I’ve used the words ‘juggernaut’ and ‘highly anticipated’ in my opening sentences. This might seem like hyperbole given the fact that Depravity are a relatively new band but in this case I feel these words are justified because Depravity isn’t really a new band. Here we have the nucleus of Malignant Monster (R.I.P) flanked by some other highly respected musicians – all stalwarts of the Perth scene. Reign on the Depraved is 3 blistering tracks of death metal gold; take a listen and try to disagree.

“Kretin” is a fantastic opener. The track captures Domination era Morbid Angel vibes and turns it up a few notches with a modern edge. It’s a highly satisfying track and the perfect introduction to Depravity’s sound.  “Soul Enslaver” is up next and is of the same high calibre as “Kretin”. This time we get a more ominous, atmospheric brand of evil-sounding death metal, but it’s still crushing, too. If you needed any further convincing of the legitimacy of Depravity’s material, “Crucifire” rounds out the EP in the most blistering of fashions. The overriding emotion after listening through the 3 tracks is disappointment that there aren’t more songs to listen to. Luckily for us, however, the new album shouldn’t be too far away.

If you haven’t checked out Depravity yet, do it now. These guys are essential listening for all fans of death metal, and with their EP now available for free download, you’d be stupid not to take a listen. Reign of the Depraved is a high-quality EP and is guaranteed to whet your appetite for their new album which is due out later in the year.

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Chris is a long time metal enthusiast and advocate for Australian heavy music scene. Chris grew up in Perth, Western Australia and is a past member of modern melodeath act Let’s Kill Uncle. Currently residing in London, UK.