Ah here we are again, Swedish death metal goodness! I was actually recommended this album a couple weeks ago but due to my black metal spree it had to wait. Now is the time to hear when the empires of death go to war and sounds the war drums. Puteraeon were formed in 2008 and were quick to create three demo recordings in a year. It wasn’t until 2011 their debut album came out though, The Esoteric Order. Which quickly lead to the sophomore album Cult Cthulhu in 2012. Since then the band has released another full-length plus a split album with Revel in Flesh. The Empires of Death is actually the bands first EP featuring three tracks Providence, At the Altars and Epitaph.
Providence lays the putrid ground for the the Empires of Death to spew it’s filth of death. Whispers in the wind and horrifying tunes like taken from a grave turns into a massive onslaught of riffs with your classic death metal vocals. This is the same type of sound that’s made Grave famous and I am loving it. Following that track comes At the Altars. It’s punishing and relentless, doesn’t hold back at all and you’re getting offered some great solos and riffs on this song with tempo changes that hypes you up. To end The Empires of Death march towards destruction is Epitaph. It’s the shortest track on the album but it’s still filled with the same type of Swedish old school death metal goodness like the other two tracks, just more compact and full-throttle all the way through, making it my favorite track on the album.
Great EP, 12 minutes might be cutting it a bit too short even for an EP. I wouldn’t mind a song more but that’s only because I really liked this album and it’s a real tease that you go “it can’t end now!?”. That in itself is a good review and old school death metal fans around the world should check out Puteraeon’s latest offering to the metal community The Empires of Death. Out now digitally through Spinnup.