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Tumulation – Savage Blood Domain [Demo]

tumulation – savage blood domain [demo]

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Tumulation are a San Diego based Death/Doom Metal trio and a side project for three of the guys from Death Metal band Conjureth and formally Ghoulgotha; and one of whom is Wayne Sarantopoulos, also of Encoffination! Their debut four track demo release entitled ‘Savage Blood Domain’ has been self-released on CD.

Opening track ‘Sterilising Winds’ showcases a varied style that is equally comfortable plumbing the depths of oblivion through grinding, slow moving riffs and a deliberate drumming style, or raging through fast paced brutality with pounding beats and savage guitar leads, and all with an accompaniment of sturdy bass tones and feral, unhinged sounding growls. The performance certainly isn’t flawless, with the odd dropped note or missed beat noticeable in places. However this doesn’t detract from the overall listening experience, nor the intense gloomy atmosphere that Tumulation conjures throughout this demo.

Of particular note are the ravenous, forceful riffs during ‘Rites of Forgotten Misery’ which when backed up by a pummelling bass line, methodically slow drumming and a colder, under laying guitar tone, all make for an oppressive and brooding track. On top of that, the audio clips from The Karnstein Trilogy in both the opening track and also ‘Bound to the Rakasha’ add an extra level of horror to the demo.

Overall ‘Savage Blood Domain’ is a bruising demo of ritualistic and punishing Death Metal, fused with a deep groove drenched slab of oppressive Doom Metal, and with a murky sound throughout. The word cavernous gets thrown around a lot these days, by me more than most in truth. Yet it describes this impressive debut demo very well.

Self-Released

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