Witching Metal Webzine

Witching Metal Webzine

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Zygoatsis - S.K.U.D. (Satanic Kultus - Unholy Desecration)

Zygoatsis is a black/death metal band from Thailand who has been going consistently since 2003. “S.K.U.D.” is their debut full length which has finally been released in August 2011 following a bunch of demos, splits and one EP. 

The sound Zygoatsis brings forth is a relentless barrage of black/death worship that reminds me of legendary bands such as Impiety and Angelcorpse, but with more of a death metal edge to it, perhaps a bit of primitive Morbid Angel worship? The guitar tones sit comfortable in between black and death metal and the riffs tend to also shift between styles whilst following more death metal song structures. You won’t find many guitar solos, and when you do, they’re generally buried deep within the mix. The vocals are commanding and powerful, even though Lord Sickness666 has a terrible grasp of the English language, which only serves to bring out the bands barbaric nature even moreso. Bass isn’t very audible, but it only seems to follow the riffs, anyway! The drumming is intense and high-up in the mix, charging the songs forth like a demon unleashed.

Shyaithan of the legendary Impiety makes an appearance on the tracks “Zygoatical Epidemic Assassination” and “Black-Forced Khaostorms” and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything more evil sounding than these two songs. While on the subject; I should also add that if you buy the CD version of this album, you will be treated to a cover of Impiety’s anthem “Lords of Apokalypse”, which is executed brilliantly by Zygoatsis.
The production on “S.K.U.D.” is razor-sharp, similar to other intense war metal bands such as Revenge and the like. 

All in all, if you’re a fan of intense blasting barbarianism, Zygoatsis may just well be your new favourite band. Their music is warring black/death metal in its most pure and blasphemous form.


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