Chilean black/death horde Wrathprayer’s debut full length, which dropped on Nuclear War Now! a couple of weeks ago, is one that I have been waiting for since first hearing some of their demo material a year or two ago.
“The Sun of Moloch” is a combination of Teitanblood darkness and Portal-esque writhing with some weird ambience, eerie sampling and dense production values. The vocals are sort of pushed back, sounding as if the eerie echoing howls are coming from a sealed tomb. The guitar work is ugly, abrasive and muddy, sticking to a pretty standard bestial template, occasionally changing it up with some well placed death metal “grooves” (for lack of a better word). The song writing isn’t exactly anything new but the tracks are all well-written and serve the purpose of crushing your skull whilst enveloping you in the total darkness of a long forgotten and sealed tomb.
Throughout the 40 minute run time of this record, I did not once find myself bored and on the first listen my jaw simply dropped. With “The Sun of Moloch”, Wrathprayer has given us another strong contender for “album of the year” in 2012. I really cannot fault this album in any way and it’s definitely everything I had expected from this Chilean horde.