Create A Kill - Summoned To Rise - (9.5/10)
Published on November 27, 2018
When is it appropriate to employ the term ‘supergroup’? Could it be in the instance of new Floridian act Create A Kill? Featuring members of Malevolent Creation, Gruesome and Solstice – this unstoppable supergroup was always gonna make an impact based on the line-up alone. However, little were our ears prepared for the onslaught that was to come on debut album Summoned To Rise. Not just in terms of pure fury, but also the sheer quality. The overall sound of Create A Kill is a perfect mesh of the previously-mentioned three bands, but with an unhealthy dose of Demolition Hammer injected into the death/thrash assault. This is raw, blistering, violent, nasty shit. And boy, do I love it!
Not only do these Floridians exhume pure malice, they do it in a way that’s weirdly accessible and…dare I say it…catchy! Hell, if the chorus to “Premeditated” hasn’t got you hooked after one playthrough, there’s something wrong with your brain. These memorable hooks provide moments of clarity amid the sheer maelstrom of this album. Riffs cut like razors, solos insanely channel their inner Kerry King, blast-beats pound at your brain – and the whole affair is wrapped in a chaotic vibe that just about keeps in control. The way everything sounds like it’s teetering on the edge of composure is exciting and irresistible. The varied vocal attack contributes to this massively. Although I’m unsure exactly which vocal style is performed by who, the combination of vile high shrieks, powerful low growls and Schuldiner-esque mids creates a real death/thrash party atmosphere.
The production quality is absolutely spot on, bringing back that raw, authentic early ’90s spirit. The cut-throat guitar tone is both grisly and fun, but the snappy bass/snare mix is utterly gorgeous. This is what Demolition Hammer’s Tortured Existence should have sounded like! Summoned To Rise is the definition of ‘all killer, no filler’. Every single cut delivers the madness at a blistering pace with not a second wasted. Even the mid-tempo segments are loaded with impact, such as the opening riffs to “Cold Blooded” and “Reap The Whirlwind”, or the verses in “Gauntlet Of Pain”. In fact, my favourite moments are the slower ilk which hit you like a fucking steamroller (see “Decimated” – what a sledgehammer of a track!). Structurally, this album flows beautifully – mixing the faster and slower sections, though never losing a single ounce of barbarism.
As previously stated, there are memorable hooks and standout moments abound on this album. These guys have a penchant for writing catchy death/thrash metal that doesn’t compromise the style or cheapen the brand. “Crave The Blade”, “Premeditated” and the hammering “Show Of Force” are all great examples of how this sub-genre can be accessible for newcomers whilst pleasing the elitists. However, the jewel in this record’s crown is the bonus track – dedicated to late Malevolent Creation frontman Bret Hoffman – “Flesh, Blood & Stone”. When Matt Harvey bellows out ‘FLESH AND GOLD AND BLOOD AND STEEL AND FUCKING STONE!!’, you know Bret himself would have been majorly proud of this LP. Create A Kill should be proud of this effort. Really proud. I cannot pinpoint any specific aspect that weakens it. Summoned To Rise is simply an incredible slice of no-holds-barred death/thrash metal that will have any fan of the genre headbanging like it’s 1989.