Every good record has a story attached to it. Whilst the term infamous may better describe the various production delays, the simple truth is Rot In Hell's collaboration with Integrity has finally seen the light. Yes it took a while, but the wait was beyond worth it.
“Erebus” showcases RIH at its most barbaric, lyrically. The violent snarls of death, plague, and survival accompany that patented brand of metallic hardcore that will please both new and old fans alike. An appearance by Chris Colohan really weaves together a bloody tapestry. I'm may be hyperbolic, but this is what I love. And as an aside, I have to show respect for any track named after a dastardly Games-Workshop character. The second track, “Life Becomes A Desert Around You” strips everything away and gets back to basics, much like the split with Horders (Give Up's project). I love the contrast between the two numbers. It's short and to the point without getting tired or repetitious.
Integrity brings two tracks to the table, “VVaiting For The Sun To Burn Out My Eyes” and “Black Heksen Rise.” These appeared on the recent compilation Thee DestroyORR yet it sounds new. The team up between Dwid and Orr has injected a fresh and exciting shot into Integrity's legacy. Amidst blistering solos and chaotic screams, the beast lurks. When combined with the recent LP Detonate VVorld's Plague, I cannot wait to see what else Integrity has up its sleeve.
The second 7” is an acoustic version of Integrity's first number. It immediately brings to mind Roses Never Fade and goes very well with RIH's acoustic piece. The second track is a noisy barrage with haunting vocals. It isn't like Vermapyre's style of abrasive metal, but something that could be in Boyd Rice's back catalog. The final track is an extension of the previous one. The word that comes to mind is ominous. The howling wind and what sounds to be ringing church bells add to the atmosphere. It's experimental and dangerous.
The packaging is top notch; a book is inside the gate fold sleeve, containing brand new artwork from Dwid. The colours are stark and shadowy, giving it a very cool noir feel whilst retaining all the barbarianism and magic.
The Wolves are certainly at the door...