Review 1536 : Ominous Scriptures – Rituals of Mass Self-Ignition – English

Ominous Scriptures wants to crush us again.

Formed in Belarus in 2013, the band consisting of Sergey Liakh (guitar/vocals, Relics of Humanity, Dispersed), Andrey Pilipenko (bass/vocals, Deportation), Pawel Nalecki (vocals, live for Relics of Humanity), Alexandr Novitski (drums) and Pavel Lapkouski (guitar, Relics of Humanity, Grimentity, ex-Stickoxydal) announce the release of Rituals of Mass Self-Ignition, their third album, on Willowtip Records.

Demonic Totem I Am is the first track to strike, armed with its Old School influences tinged with oppressive Black Metal. The massive riffs easily answer to the cavernous screams and the permanently aggressive patterns, then Rituals of Mass Self-Ignition comes to bring unhealthy and piercing leads to the raw basis led by blast and double kick. We can also notice technical spikes and thick Slam moshparts as on the short Enraged, a composition that doesn’t waste a single second to place its heaviest riffs. The band immediately follows with Fanning the Flames and its dissonant riffs coupled with the jerky basis on which the vocalist offers us possessed screams which also darken the sound, then with Serpentine Wisdom which continues in this unhealthy and blasphemous approach. The disturbing and occult leads accentuate unholy ritual feeling the band develops, while Mangled Perception goes back to pure Brutal Death made of massive and catchy riffs while keeping jerky patterns. The band then hammers us with Inhabitant of the Lacrimarium and its complex rhythmic punctuated with suffocating palm-mutes, then Codex Rescriptus comes to close the album with a very Old School and slow approach of their violent style which welcomes much more complex elements. Just when you think it’s over, the track offers us a last dose of raw violence after a feedback, then it slowly fades away.

Ominous Scriptures’ dark style is as violent as worked. Even during the simplest parts, their Old School mix makes Rituals of Mass Self-Ignition a crushing and suffocating album which will please raw sounds fans.


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