Nexus Of Teeth
Review by Alex on September 24, 2018.
Dark Descent Records does it again this time with Hyperdontia’s 2018 debut full length album Nexus of Teeth. Since my introduction to Hyperdontia back in 2017 with their short but vile ep Abhorrence Veil they have kept me in the act of pondering and anticipating their next effort. The 2 original songs plus the bonus cover track on Abhorrence Veil were so deeply rooted in the old school death metal sound that it was virtually impossible for myself or any fan to pass it by without giving any form of attention. The vocals and riffs on Abhorrence Veil is what magnetized my interest to Hyperdontia, its stench reeked a merging of Demilich and early Incantation. Now in 2018 they have returned with feet still wet and salivating mouths ready for the feast. Hyperdontia here loose the beast to run rampantly and have its way with the audience. Firstly the artwork is disgusting. It’s the most abominable vagina I’ve seen on a death metal album cover. Remember Mitchell Lichtenstein’s 2007 film Teeth?, well this artwork was probably inspired by the concept of that movie. Just imagine if your girl had a surprise for you and that was it, a rotten carnivorous puss; something that tore penises off and swallowed them into its abyssic gut. The vocals are delivered more vilifying than on the previous record, the drum work is both semi technical and straight forward and the guitars bite deep and mercilessly.
From the onset we get the music full blast showing-off all the essentials of old school death metal with lots of modular guitar licks and drum work; death/doom introduced conspicuously and surprisingly. No 2-3 minute intros or interludes anywhere on the record just relentless bashing from start to finish. Hyperdontia refuse to squander time by bringing intros into the mix as ever so often bands tend to do, which isn’t a bad thing if it is attached to the music or concept of the record, but it becomes overbearing at times, and doesn’t help when the music to follow isn’t even good. Hyperdontia gives old school death metal fanatics a modern mutation of Onward To Golgotha played faster and smeared with the lewdness of Abhorrence Veil. These riffs I cannot get enough of, every new segment is a new fret-board razzle-dazzle or a pristine breakdown that makes you want to rewind the entire album. If I had not resisted the temptation of repeating Teeth and Nails, I probably would not have completed listening to the record, hence rendering me unable to write a review of Nexus of Teeth. “Aura of Flies” is such a sick title and the musicianship on it is stunning; the vocals attempt to swallow the listener, the snare drum during the blast beats is crazed and the guitar licks do not fail to fasten themselves to the flow of the bass and drums.
“Escaping the Mortal Embodiment” and “Existence Denied” are drenched in waves of mayhem, pinch guitar sections, sudden variations in time signatures, thrash metal drumming, riffing and deep sinister growling rival each other whilst maintaining unity. These tracks display the technicality and rhythm of Hyperdontia better when mixed with such a high level of intensity. You have to appreciate the fact that this sounds like the the type of effort one would come to expect from a band that had debuted strongly. They took the positives of Abhorrence Veil and belabored those aspects in such a way that they have become connected to the band and can be viewed as vital constituents of Hyperdontia's DNA. They have established an identity for themselves even though borrowing some facets of Incantation. Hyperdontia’s consistency throughout the record is amazing, it’s relatively easy to lose interest in death metal records given it has been done so many ways by so many bands; but the dense sonic waves of audible attack mixed with those muscular and memorable guitar solos, riffs, leads and vocals that pour out a diabolical chunk of lyrics makes for a grotesquely exciting adventure. The production is thrilling, it captures the spirit of old school death metal and uses it as a force to project Hyperdontia’s vision of revulsion. The snare and double bass are thickly mixed, they add to the claustrophobic atmosphere of the vocal delivery and the overall evil tone. Those vocals are quite identifiable because they appear to be a blend of traditional death metal barks and the gutturals used in brutal death metal. It’s good to have a vocalist that can be pointed out by anyone whom is a supporter of the bands music; thus the identity of the band is not clashing with that of another.
This is a contender for death metal album of the year; you wont regret picking up this Dark Descent release. Hyperdontia has me craving for more of their filth riddled recipes.
Diseases contracted during contact:
- “Purging Through Flesh”
- ”Teeth and Nails
- ”Aura of Flies”
- ”Euphoric Evisceration”
- ”Escaping the Mortal Embodiment”
- ”Existence Denied”
Rating: 8.7 out of 10