At the risk of sounding like a thick-skulled misogynist, this is real death metal for real men. If listening to this record doesn’t make you fired up, want to lift weights and eat raw meat, then you obviously have never loved brutal music. But seriously, it’s damn near impossible for your blood not start to pumping from the sheer intensity and addictiveness of the tracks, starting from the opening one-two punch of “The Weight of all Things” and “In Face Of Armageddon.”
There are no melodic passages or progressive leanings on And So It Came To Pass. It is just pure, foot to the floor death metal from the 29 second mark all the way to final note of the awesome album finisher “Kingdom of the Blind.” That there isn’t any real attempt to exude any really out-there ideas or change up the game might be seen as a negative by some and may also make it seem somewhat monotonous on the first listen, but repeated listens really accentuate the talents that Dyscarnate possess at quality death metal song-writing. And really, with tunes as heavy-hitting and powerful as “A Clone In The Hive”, “Rise And Fall” and the neck-splitting “The Promethean,” does it really matter that they’re not trying to re-invent the wheel? No, obviously it does not.
The riffs for the most part are surprisingly straight-up and go right for the jugular, eschewing over-the-top technical playing in favour of pure heaviness and flattening grooves. Vocally, the duo of guitarist Tom Whitty and Henry Bates (bass) is faultless; with their combined roars, growls and screams fusing together to create one ungodly attack.
It would be interesting to witness the band in the live setting and see if they can pull off the absolutely monstrous sound that this album possesses with only three musicians – and honestly it wouldn’t be a surprise if they could, with the bulk of the material avoiding the over-usage of multiple different guitar tracks.
Completely void of any modern trends or fads, And So It Came To Pass is a classic slab of death metal brought screaming into the 21st century. Love death metal? Then you will love Dyscarnate’s And So It Came To Pass. It’s as simple as that. Hail the new lords of British extreme music.
(released February 28, 2012 on Siege Of Amida Records)