Devilry - _Muslim Genocide_
(Breath of Pestilence, 2005)
by: Pedro Azevedo (5 out of 10)
I wish metal bands would stop hiding behind vague, metaphorical titles. But no, Devilry from Finland prefer to remain rooted in all that is abstract and ambiguous, with a title like _Muslim Genocide_ and lyrics like "Numbing blare of odious canticles / Reverberates over arid land / Devotees ejaculate lunatic chants / Turbaned retards prostrated noses in yellow sand" and "Vomit inducing imposing pompous spires / Pulverized to the defiled ground / All-consuming profane decimation lust / Mosques leveled down to dust".

In all seriousness, I think it is up to each listener to decide whether he finds the theme and lyrical content of this _Muslim Genocide_ 7" EP any more or less interesting or morally objectionable than the preaching of other hateful ideologies that is so common in the metal underground -- to which the above lyrics could easily be adapted -- and whether he even cares. So let's dedicate a couple of lines to the music, shall we?

What Devilry have to offer from a musical perspective is described as "violent death metal", which means that aggression and vitriol are cranked up, while technicality and sophistication suffer the opposite treatment. _Muslim Genocide_ is raw, old-school, thrashy and mean. However, it lacks impact due to its excessively upfront vocals and ineffective lower end; and while the songs are quite acceptable, the EP just isn't very remarkable in any particular way. This reduces its relevance in today's saturated scene to something only a minority will care about -- probably a Muslim hating, vinyl loving minority.


(article published 10/10/2005)

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