Today we have the honor of premiering the second preview song from Hungarian death/doom metal duo ROTHADÁS‘ debut full-length album ‘Kopár hant... az alvilág felé‘. “Kripta” appears later in the tracklist as a burdened passageway beyond lament, a slow descent unto dreadful acceptance of death, a brutal funeral dirge that churns the dust of forgotten tombs and lays us to rest with the band’s imposing brand of classic doom-paced death metal resonance achieving one of many standout moments. It leads into the incredible ~13 minute closer (“Temető”) with great purpose and seamless atmospheric oppression. Paired with the previously revealed opener “Utolsó kenet” any death/doom fan worth their salt should have already flipped their shit over this band’s enormous sound and patient yet sinister movement. We’ve got a few albums in this sub-genre wheelhouse coming out in October but this is the one with riffs, rhythms that’ll immerse and suffocate anyone in the know. Don’t be surprised if it is at or near the top of my ‘Best of the Month‘ list, anyhow. Scroll down to the full Bandcamp stream below and let “Kripta” welcome you to your final infernal resting place. ‘Kopár hant... az alvilág felé‘ will be available on 12″ Vinyl LP and digital download this October 12th through the good folks at Me Saco Un Ojo Records. Thanks goes to the band, their representation and Me Saco Un Ojo for the opportunity to share this impressive song.
Per the press release:
ME SACO UN OJO RECORDS is proud to present ROTHADÁS’ highly anticipated debut album, Kopár hant… az alvilág felé, on vinyl LP format.
Hailing from Hungary and proudly performing in their mother tongue, ROTHADÁS made their public debut in 2019 with a self-titled demo tape for ME SACO UN OJO. A two-song work totaling 16 minutes, Rothadás suggested – and strongly – that the selfsame band had a staunchly ancient-minded vision of death metal but by no means were blinkered by the past. Perhaps this unique dichotomy is down to ROTHADÁS being a self-contained duo of vocalist/drummer Lambert Lédeczy and guitarist/bassist Tibor Hanyi – both men equally prolific veterans of the underground, and both concurrently playing in labelmates CRYPTWORM among others.
Now, at last do the duo unveil their debut album, Kopár hant… az alvilág felé. Here, ROTHADÁS erect an eerily shimmering monument of slimy, oft-doomy DEATH METAL: for maniacs, by maniacs, young and old and everyone in between. Armed with an absolutely crushing production, the band’s first full-length betrays an eternal wisdom by maximizing the basics as well as nodding to various eras and locales of death metal but only subtly – immersion rather than extraction, and addition by subtraction, tastefully so in both regards. As each of these five lumbering/lunging hulks of dread-inducing sound effortlessly morph into myriad shapes, each one as ghastly and grotesque as the last, it slowly begins to dawn on the listener than Kopár hant… az alvilág felé retains a runtime of 44 minutes: truly, an experience that is EPIC – as ever, tastefully and subtly so – rather “epic” in shameless overstatement. Further, ROTHADÁS’ native Hungarian helps lend another sublime layer of the unique to what is arguably the year’s best dark-horse death metal recording…recognize or regret!
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