1 Jul 2016

Seventh Xul: "Qliphothic Rites of Death"

Two deadly doctrines were all the potent Greek duo could muster, but what a great one it was!
Though short in playing time, Qliphothic Rites of Death by Seventh Xul is an EP with some history behind it. It is a result of the collaboration between two prominent and productive metal maniacs from Greece: N.e.c.r.o. and Acherontas, known individually from their long involvement in the scene through bands like Burial Hordes, Enshadowed and Acherontas.

Recorded in 2010, the band didn't survive for long. The release through Zyklon-B Productions was scrapped, only to reemerge in 2016 through Iron Bonehead Productions. Fans of the Iron Bonehead label will know exactly what I'm talking about when I say that Seventh Xul is right up the label's dark and gruesome alley.

"All of it dominated by sinister and deliberately slow paced melodies."

Though only eleven minutes in length, the duo - guested by Fotis Benardo behind the drum kit and G.Adis - alternates between an assortment of styles. Slowly decaying death metal churns take over where dry black metal tremolos let go - All of it dominated by sinister and deliberately slow paced melodies.

G.Adis' sampling work adds an impressively grave like and claustrophobic ambiance, working its way down a narrow temple staircase at the end of Sitra Ahra, only to build up and emerge into the memorable theme that spearheads Serpent's Divinity.

As a whole the EP, though incredibly short, offers a window into a creative collaboration that could have become much more, but at the same time satisfies with what little came out of it. Seventh Xul's bone dry death sermons stand as all that is left like a broken ruin which also stands testament to something great. Their ominous variations through black and death metal speak of the tremendous heritage between the two, and their skills serve them well.


Released in 2016 by Iron Bonehead Productions


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