If you’re suffering from a death metal deficiency, devour the latest release from Mexico’s Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Inferi and be well.
Now that V.R.P.I. are reissuing their 2-year-old, self-titled album along with tracks from a demo, there’s no reason to miss this underrated act’s offerings. Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Inferi infuses such a sinister sensibility with downright death metal grit, making it the proper death metal dosage to supplement.
The first three songs sprinkle cinematic bits throughout the tracks, and some tasteful elements accompany these ideas. Gruff gutturals and sour tremolo-picking sprawl across the tracks, while crisp percussion begins to dominate. One of these early tracks, “Towards Battlefields,” has other tactics up its sleeve, too, as it hands out vibrant guitar solos.
“Purification by the Sword” arrives to show that sharp nuances can become ominous with splattering percussion, and the compact and straightforward delivery of “Leviathan’s Coronation” makes it one of the toughest beasts on the album. “Necropolis Rising” brings the album to a halt with glimpses of melody and emotional strings tapering off.
V.R.P.I. did no harm with this reissued album. The hum of the guitar riffs sing the bitterness of black metal familiarity, but the record never hides its death metal persona. Several sound bytes are woven into the tracks, which may or may not be appreciated by listeners for building the menacing atmosphere.
One element that undoubtedly contributes to Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Inferi‘s atmosphere is the lo-fi flavored mix. This joins the prized pieces, “Leviathan’s Coronation,” “Nine Kingdoms” and “Necropolis Rising,” in boasting a keen sense of delivery. And that’s enough to boost any depleted playlist or collection. Simply put, you’re in for an ultra dose of vileness with Vexilla Regis Prodeunt Inferi.