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  • A Hill To Die Upon - "Infinite Titanic Immortal"
    BOMBWORKS RECORDS/INFINITE METAL PROMOTIONS
    USA

    A Hill To Die Upon - Infinite Titanic Immortal While originally starting out as a derivative, instantly forgettable deathcore act A Hill To Die Upon has undergone a rather interesting transformation. “Infinite Titanic Immortal” sees A Hill To Die Upon opt for a more brutal, cultured and technical death metal sound akin to post-“Pandemonic Incantations” era Behemoth, “Infinity Through Purification” era Diabolic or more recently such as French band Svart Crown. Like a lot of these groups A Hill To Die Upon combine moody slow sections with furious blasting, technical bits and fragile acoustic parts and bouts of melody in both the riffing and leads/solos. The vocals are sufficiently commanding, but aren’t yet on the level of the established institutions in this genre. Discerning listeners will easily spot influences from Behemoth, Emperor, some light Gothenburg leanings (think early At the Gates) and in its slower, more ponderous moments even early Immolation. The tempo is alternated enough through out, so the focus isn’t on constant blasting and these gentler moments provide a lot of atmosphere, so severely lacking with many contemporary metal acts. It could be argued that A Hill To Die Upon isn’t terribly original in what they do then again not many underground acts are able to present such a relatively accomplished sounding product within their very short lifespan. Even the Christian rhetoric (this is Bombworks Records, after all) isn’t too forced upon the secular listener as the lyrics seem to deal with more mythology and history in general. Given that a mere two years prior this act was playing deathcore the musical growth, songwriting finesse and technical prowess is something to be admired, if not respected. The breathtaking artwork by Bogdan Amidzic is a definite plus. Worth seeking out if you’re a fan of this kind of thing.

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