Something Wicked Marches In
Review by Adam M on April 30, 2019.
Vltimas have the right kind of evil style on Something Wicked Marches In. This is the perfect outlet for a couple of members of death metal acts, most notably David Vincent of Morbid Angel and Flo Mounier of Cryptopsy. However, the stellar guitar riffs were handled by Rune of Mayhem and his contributions are vital to the outfit.
The album sounds highly like classic Morbid Angel circa around Covenant and makes the best of this sound possible. There is also an Immolation flavour as the band tries their best to stick out from the pack with a sound that is reminiscent of past greats. Make no mistake, this is still very distinctive in sound and has a one of a kind evil aura. The songs go through louder and softer moments making for a fairly dynamic listen. They have the ability to put the pedal to the metal when needed and come across sounding fairly mid-paced overall. David Vincent himself makes this sound like a Morbid Angel recording, but the rest of the instruments are equally poignant. The guitars are highly addictive and go through a number of different shifts and changes. Drumming is very poignant and adds the rhythm to everything. Overall, this album was fairly ambitious in its death metal approach and this leads to some huge songs.
There is definitely a feeling that these musicians are putting their best foot forward and it resonates in the details of this album as it manages to be exciting when a lull is starting to be detected. While not the greatest death metal album, it is a very solid work that has a high place in the genre so far this year. Those looking for a new take on the Morbid Angel style will find a lot to like here as there is a wealth of new death metal ideas that come into play. This comes quite highly recommended to death metal fans.
Rating: 7.7 out of 1075