Cruciamentum – Paradise Envenomed (2017) REVIEW

“Paradise Envenomed” is essentially the first song this UK based death metal band has recorded with their new line-up post-‘Charnel Reflections’ back in 2015. Don’t take that as a sign that things have changed drastically; they might have switched a member over to some vocal duties and replaced a drummer (as far as I can piece together…) but the core sound and personality of Cruciamentum is still there. Plenty of thrashed out tremolo picked riffs and a bump up in overall energy has them sounding less like Incantation with each release.

The Absu cover here is an excellent choice. I always thought of ‘Barathrum: V.I.T.R.I.O.L.’ as a darker take on Darkthrone‘s ‘Soulside Journey’ ethos with a black metal edge that compliments “Paradise Envenomed”. “Descent to Acheron (Evolving into the Progression of Woe)” isn’t exactly as compositionally complex as Cruciamentum’s current style but the two songs play well off of each other. If this is the direction the band is headed in the future then I’m actually even more excited than I was waiting for a new full-length. Plus, hey this is easily some of my favorite album artwork of 2017.


Artist Cruciamentum
Type 7″ EP
Released November 3, 2017
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The gaze of The Dying beckons. 4.0/5.0