A debut album out of the US from Santa Fe, New Mexico based Black Metal band Heretical Sect. Entitled ‘Rapturous Flesh Consumed’, this new album was released on 12″ vinyl by renowned US label Gilead Media and on CD by Redefining Darkness Records. No preamble or stalling tactics on offer from heretical sect, just hostility and anger tinged with an aggravating rawness and an abrasiveness to their guitar tones and vocals that makes your hackles rise and the hairs on your arms stiffen! Snarling bass leads and raucous drum beats are the order of the day in combination with engaging guitar rhythms and a yawning chasm of darkness from which severely angry growling vocals emerge! Stylistically and in terms of approach and bleakness, I have to make comparisons to Swiss Black/Death band Bolzer, though I can feel a touch of Icelandic Black Metal influence running through the core of Heretical Sect’s work; an overtly cold and frostbitten tone to their debut album that screams of the frozen northern realm! Cavernous is an adjective thrown about quite a bit in todays modern reviewing lexicon but in truth there is a good reason for that, and in the case of Heretical Sect it is a most fitting description. their music sounds like it is filtered from the very deepest and darkest depths of the abyss and spewed force in violent eruptions of ice cold riffs and beats! Despite moments of clarity and groove laden flow, for the most part ‘Rapturous Flesh Consumed’ remains a ravenous, lethal sounding opus of urgent, unyielding aggression and bleakness.