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Enfuneration / Sacrificial Slaughter
Enfuneration - American Death Thrash

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Insidious Domain
Bearing Their Scars Sound
Stygian Darkness
Endless Suffering
Grieving Process Denied

Type: Split
Release Date: October 4th, 2011
Label: Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Categories: Death

MetalBite Review by Death8699 on 3/25/2019 10:30:00 PM

Sacrificial Slaughter is a band that should be more well-known, and I trust that they will be in time. They dish out some awesome death/thrash that's very worthy of mention. I think that musically, the band has enormous potential and hope that they can get on a bigger record label soon. They sure have the talent to rise above to higher levels. I enjoyed what they had to offer on the death/thrash front. The band members for Sacrificial Slaughter are Steve Worley on vocals, Necro Nick on bass/guitars/backing vocals, Viking James on guitars, and Bryan Roth on drums.

Musically they're highly advanced on their riff structures. The guitars are thrash metal sound based and the vocals fluctuate between low burly type with occasional backup screams. Songs such as "80 Proof Justice" plus "Acid Reflux" are some good tracks to check out. All of their songs on the split are good though. Guitars sound awesome and are very distinctive. The leads were highly technical with occasional use of the tremolo bar which fit in well with the backup rhythms. The music on their end overall was highly unique, not some burnt out band with lagging guitar components. A lot of crunch distortion to the axes.

Production wise all of the instruments were well mixed, and nothing was left out. Both guitars meshed in with quality, the bass you could hear very well, the vocals on both ends didn't drown out the music and the drums were also very well heard. This band plays awesome death/thrash that's more on the thrash metal front with the vocals on a more death metal end. No complaints on my end for any of their songs. They really get you in an energetic frame of mind because the music is highly well played out and with played out with vigor.

Enfuneration plays some solid death metal with more of an emphasis on the guitar rhythms for quality. The band members are Dave Thompson on guitars/vocals, Bryan Nikkel on guitars, Bryan Carman on bass and Rodney Cochran on drums. This band like Sacrificial Slaughter has enormous potential. They really put forth some quality songs especially "Insidious Domain" and "Endless Suffering". I'm also hoping that they get on a more well-known label because of their awesome potential in the death metal genre.

Musically, the guitars have some very unique and intense and quite memorable offerings that stick in your head. The riffs range from slow tempo paced ones to a more technical output, especially during the vocal outputs. The vocals are diverse. Some really low tone throat with some screams, but not a whole lot. I'd say that the highlight of their end of the split were the guitars. They were tuned down to create a very low-end heavy sound. The leads were technical and very well played out.

My only beef is with the production/mixing on their end because the bass was barely audible, the vocals not turned up loud enough to hear over the guitars and the sound quality was a bit raw. The guitars on the other hand were the highlight of the release. Very impressive work on their end with the songwriting. A band that will grow very big if they keep up with the amazing riffs. Very difficult rhythms and leads which are if you're a guitarist like me and would have a very difficult time keeping up with.

This split CD overall was highly enjoyable to hear quality death/thrash by Sacrificial Slaughter and pure straight forward death metal by Enfuneration. Both bands will rise above their current label as long as they stick with the quality songwriting. Enfuneration needs some better mixing though despite being a well-played out again on the guitar front. Sacrificial Slaughter on the other hand had some quality mixing where nothing was missed out. Definitely worth checking this split out because it's 42 minutes of extreme metal that's purely noteworthy!

Rating: 8.5 out of 10