Album Review – Sectesy / The Shreds Of Oblivion (2014)

Good old school raw Death Metal from Czech Republic that fans of the genre will surely enjoy.

Rating5

sectesy_sooThere’s nothing like enjoying a good beer while listening to Heavy Metal, don’t you think? And if you’re in the Czech Republic (or anywhere else in the world, of course) and would like a rawer Death Metal to go together with your delicious Pilsner Urquell, I recommend you take a listen at The Shreds Of Oblivion, the debut album from Czech Death Metal band Sectesy.

It’s nice to listen to a professionally recorded album like this that didn’t lose that necessary rawness of Death Metal during the process, and although the overall result lacks some more creativity, the first impression of what this Kolín-based band formed in 2011 can produce was very good. While listening to The Shreds Of Oblivion, you’ll notice a lot of influences from very traditional Death Metal bands such as Dismember, Unleashed, Death, among others, with the difference that all songs are a bit longer than what we usually get with this type of music, with a few tracks even going over the 6-minute mark. Maybe that’s due to some influence from Thrash Metal masters Exodus, especially from their latest albums, who knows? Thrash and Death Metal, despite being different genres, have lots of characteristics in common, and navigating from one to another is always healthy for any band.

The opening track also seems to be the one Sectesy are using to promote their album: after a short but fun intro (“Oh, shit!”), the band offers us a havoc named Blood Red Path, a traditional Death Metal song with no modern shit added to it, only pure fuckin’ old school with excellent guttural by singer Roman “Bárny” Tygl, good guitar solos, and to make things even more fun they recorded a music video for it full of one of the most trendy topics worldwide, zombies, including the band itself as living dead corpses. It’s not the best music video in the world, but it’s pretty decent for a new band like that.

Homicidal Premotions, which starts with some kind of choir intro, is heavier but slower than the previous song, with really nice drumming and guitar solo. By the way, pretty much all guitar solos in the album seem to have an extra purpose of not letting the songs get tiring after a while (most probably because of the length of the songs), which also happens in the following song, Soul Erosion, with lots of good shredding and riffs, and vocals that remind me of some of the stuff recorded by Death Metal icon Glen Benton with his band Deicide.

sectesyWe then have the excellent Crushing Humanity, one of the best tracks of the album with an interesting acoustic intro that evolves to a clean but brutal riff, and even deeper guttural that perfectly blends with the guitar solo and the acoustic guitar parts; and the powerful Inside of Red Anger, another track with an atmospheric and smooth intro that after 3 minutes turns into pure traditional Death Metal. It’s another one of the top moments in The Shreds Of Oblivion, and I’m sure it will work even better when played live.

Finally, the last part of the album is composed by Self-Deterioration, a direct heavy track that lacks more originality; Beyond the Gates of Doom, with its drums, riffs and vocals functioning very well together, plus another interesting clean solo halfway to the end; and In the Blazing River, a cover version for one of the the oldest Czech Death Metal band of all, Krabathor, which ends up working more like a tribute than just a cover song. Moreover, if you listen to the original version of it, you’ll see how good the job done in the new version by drummer Václav Paštyka was in keeping all that awesome groove from the original drums.

The album art couldn’t be more traditional or more Death Metal than that, and even the band logo is old school. In summary, we have another good Death Metal band from Eastern Europe in the market, and consequently another good option to bang our heads and get into some crazy circle pits with our friends while having a beer. Sectesy are definitely not trying to be innovative nor modern with The Shreds Of Oblivion (which can be purchased HERE): all they want to do is play some good old Death Metal for the fans, and if they keep working hard and being honest with what they do, they will go places indeed.

Best moments of the album: Blood Red Path, Crushing Humanity and Inside of Red Anger.

Worst moments of the album: Homicidal Premotions and Self-Deterioration.

Released in 2014 Nice to Eat You Records/Blast Head Records

Track listing
1. Blood Red Path 5:02
2. Homicidal Premotions 6:40
3. Soul Erosion 5:09
4. Crushing Humanity 4:54
5. Inside of Red Anger 5:23
6. Self-Deterioration 5:04
7. Beyond the Gates of Doom 6:05
8. In the Blazing River (Krabathor cover) 5:32

Band members
Roman “Bárny” Tygl – vocals
Ladislav Zahradník – guitars
David “Dejvy” Krédl – guitars
Ondrek “Rip” Helar – bass
Václav Paštyka – drums