Pile Of Priests - Self titled

Band : Pile of Priests

Album/EP : Pile of Priests

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Label : Rockshots Records

Location : Denver, Colorado

FFO : Amon Amarth, Opeth, Augury

Im pretty positive this is self recorded. If im right, its pretty fucking solid. I mean, you can literally hear every single instrument almost perfectly. The low end of the guitars is just low enough to sound like fantastic Thrash/Death Metal. But those high strings sound like some of the most beautiful melodic metal I’ve heard. My boy Patrick’s bass is mixed just enough to make it sound like an Obscura track.

What I think stands out about Pop, is literally their sound. They can take this live and play to Cannbial Corpse/Opeth crowds alike. The mix alone makes this record worth checking out. Its some of the best sounding mixes I’ve heard in the past few years.

The flow of the record is steady. Thats the best way I can describe it. Its a well maintained balance of fast thrash inspired riffs, mixed with some quiet evil sounding ambience. Everyone in a while there’s a spoken word phrase. Something like that makes this record feel like a story. Even if it isn’t, its still fucking beautiful.

Patrick sent me this album a while back. I have listened to it a few times. I admit, I need to listen to it more. Its the melodic/progressive death metal that I need. I’m not a huge fan of the genre. But I can most definitely deal with this. The lyrical content is something I’m not sure of yet. Only because I don’t really know what they are saying. I can only guess it has something to do with religion and death. I did hear the phrase “God Must Be Destroyed”. So you can do the math. My favorite part of the record, is the blend of genres. I love some crunchy death metal, and you get that right away. But when you least expect it, they throw in some melody. Things like that make me appreciate records. When a band pays attention to the little details.

Compared to their last effort titled “Tenebrous Labyrinth”, quite a few things have changed. The most noticeable one is the mix. The bass is much more noticeable. Usually if you hear the bass, its just a nice little touch. The kick drums get kid of lost during the main guitar riffs. The vocals ALMOST over power everything. So for this new record, they really stepped up their game and took their time to make a great record.

Overall this record slaps, or whatever the kids say these days. When I listen to, I feel as if I should be sitting in a church and its going to hell. It has just the right elements of a few different genres. Low gravely vocals, and fast thrash style guitar. Bass that you can actually hear layered with thunderous drums and GORGEOUS ambience. Pile of Priests has something for everyone. It deserves a spot in your library.

Star Rating: 10/10

Strongest Song: Deus Delenda Est



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