Imprecation - _Theurgia Goetia Summa_
(Repulse/Sepulture Prod., 1995)
by: Gino Filicetti (4 out of 10)
Signed to Spanish label Repulse Records but hailing from good ol' Texas is Imprecation. One look at the packaging of this CD and you'd think that this band was another one of Repulse's European Black Metal bandwagon bands. The cover art depicts a Satanic last supper with Satan rising in the background in all his majesty ... complete with a hard on! Haha, I couldn't help but laugh when I laid my eyes on that one. The band is a three-piece with vocalist/bassist Mark Beecher in true pseudo-Emperor fashion, donning his own blend of corpse-paint. The music on this release consists of two separate entities it would seem, one being the heavy guitar, blast beat death metal style with the guttural monotone vocals that can barely be heard; and the other is the black metal super fast guitar riffs with the high screeching vocals. MAKE UP YOUR MIND, says I, as the transition from one style to the other isn't very clean. One good thing I neglected to mention about this CD is the inclusion of lyrics. For once a band is smart enough to actually write down whatever the hell it is they are talking about, even if - as in Imprecation's case - the lyrics are shitty anyway. Despite all this negativity, I do have a favorite track on this album, "Vomit Floods of Christian Remains" (kewl title, eh?). The riffs in this song have a good grind to them, and the vocals are at least tolerable here. Overall, I don't think this album breaks ANY new ground, so I'd steer clear of it.

(article published 18/4/1996)

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