Thulsa Doom - Realms of Hatred - (8/10)
Published on February 20, 2019
Don’t be fooled by the name, Thulsa Doom is not a doom band. Instead, the Italian trio plays a primitive form of death metal on their debut release, an EP entitled Realms of Hatred.
Realms of Hatred is a short, raw piece of death metal that is a throwback to the genre’s origins. Clocking in at just over 20 minutes and featuring four tracks and two short instrumental intros, the songs on Realms of Hatred are reminiscent of Scream Bloody Gore era Death and Sadistic Intent, with maybe a dash of early Morbid Angel and Massacre for good measure. It’s violent and primal, and retains the razor sharp, thrashy style of riffing that characterized much of the early death American death metal scene.
Opener “The Final Scourge” is a fine example of what Thulsa Doom is aiming for, featuring a chunky, stuttering main riff interspersed with some quick blasts, a dive bomb solo, and a rollicking mid-tempo section that includes some thumping bass. The other songs use similar tricks, and the band does tend to overuse the same stuttering riffing style on verses, which can make it hard to tell the tracks apart. While there is some repetitiveness each track also features a segment that tries to flesh the songs out a little more, including a tight, stomping groove like on “Demon Conjurer” and the sinister creeping bass lines in “Thulsa Doom.” These sections are largely successful, and the repetitiveness is not a huge problem, although on a full-length it would be.
The performances on Realms of Hatred are all in line with what’s to be expected from this type of death metal. Vocals are raspy and the rhythm section provides a solid backbone, but this is a release that lives or dies by its riffs. It’s the interplay of the riffs and tempo shifts that give the release its vitality and they’re well-executed.
While there is nothing to Realms of Hatred that is new to death metal, there is plenty that is enjoyable. No-frills and as crudely basic as they come, this EP is a solid throwback to some of the genre’s early greats. As far as revival acts go Thulsa Doom is off to a good start and I’m excited to see where the project goes from here.