Whore Of Bethlehem - Extinguish The Light - (7/10)

Published on September 24, 2017

Tracklist:

  1. Ritual Purification
  2. Invocation
  3. Overtaken by Evil
  4. Possession
  5. Parasitic Abominations
  6. Extinguish the Light
  7. Rebirth in Fire
  8. Ravenous Undead Predators

Genre:

Brutal Death / Black

Label:

Black Market Metal Label

Playing Time:

32:11

Country:

U.S.A

Year:

2017

Website:

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While the United States is home to a slew of bands across various genres, I personally can’t claim to be too familiar with the Texas scene, outside of a couple of bands here and there. Never-the-less, the state or even country of origin ultimately plays a minuscule role compared the actual quality of the output. While Whore Of Bethlehem have been around for about eight years at this point, they’ve largely remained an unsigned band and worked independently. Their debut came out a few years back, and earlier in 2017 the band released their second album, Extinguish The Light. A non-stop assault of brutal death metal with some black metal flourishes, the five-piece holds nothing back as they slam through a quick 32 minutes.

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From the opening notes, this release never really lets uop. Pushing through at a break neck pace, the eight tracks on this sophomore release pummel you from beginning to end. The guitar riffs are razor sharp, and the drumming is very impressive, adding a nice bit of structure and groove, but not being afraid to blast away as fast as possible to up the intensity when needed. There are plenty of fills and changes in the drum performance, making it a nice stand out, but complimenting the remainder of the band. These guys clearly work together very well and it shows in the tight performances and structure of the songs. The black metal influence can be heard in the music itself, but largely plays a role due to the vocal showcase. The deeper growl makes up the majority of Extinguish, but the use of higher screams is well executed and appreciated to break up some of the monotony a bit.

With that in mind, this record does indeed suffer from some monotony. While the genre itself does not tend to lend itself to too much variety or experimentation, there is no denying that the songs on this album do tend to blend together and don’t really stand out from one another. From a pure aggression standpoint, Whore of Bethlehem hits the mark in spades, but even the short play-time feels a bit longer and drags near the end once you’ve heard a lot of the same things over and again. However, the band is again very clearly proficient at the style at hand, and do it very well. The guitar solos are flashy, but never venture into masterbatory levels of insanity, and the production job is slick as hell. The band sounds aggressive, and sounds fully committed to what they do. The passion behind the playing is clear and really takes the music up another notch.

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While the five members of Whore Of Bethlehem have a clear sense of their sound and manage to execute it very adeptly, Extinguish The Light is an album that does not likely stand up against some of the heavyweights in the genre or other releases across the metal landscape from this year. It is an album more than worthy of a few spins, but suffers from just sounding too much like bands in the brutal death metal game. Focusing on the song structure and the overall sound as opposed to being overly technical is very appreciated and commendable, yet the album just feels like it is missing something to get it to the next level. Nothing exactly wrong with the release, and really quite enjoyable the first few listens, but doesn’t sadly seem to have a long-lasting effect.

Neill Bird

Author: Neill Bird

Im 26 years old, living in Tucson, AZ. I've always enjoyed heavier music, but really got into the underground scene in the last 11 years and never stopped finding anything and everything I can. I love music, and love to share that with others.

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