Album Review: Whore of Bethlehem – Extinguish The Light (Black Market Metal Label)


Playing an ear-pleasing style of ‘old-school mixed with modern elements’ death metal, Texas band Whore of Bethlehem will release their new album, Extinguish the Light on July 21st 2017 via Black Market Metal Label.

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Those looking for a more traditional death metal sound will find plenty to enjoy here. Extinguish the Light is 8 tracks of uncompromising brutality wrapped in a slick production job. It’s solid sounding metal that unfortunately doesn’t always grab the attention.

The so-so start of Ritual Purification slides in the much grander & more exciting hard riffing of Invocation. Vocally, it’s spitting hot lava levels of fury. Placed alongside the furious hooks & drum beats, it’s a vast improvement over the opening.

There is no denying the fire that burns in the bellies of Whore of Bethlehem, the constant & unrelenting pace is energetic & stylish. Overtaken by Evil & Parasitic Abominations keep the middle of the album ticking along nicely even if they’re a bit uneventful.

Things start to blend into each other with only the occasional solo or change in beat standing out.

The title track, Extinguish the Light continues the destructive style with intense blasts of drumming. Focusing solely on the drums, it’s stunning just how loud & fast they are being played. A definite shining spot of the entire record.

The short album is wrapped up with two final shots to the face. Rebirth in Fire has a lot more rhythm with pure hate seeping from every guttural roar of the vocals. While Ravenous Undead Predators goes for a more ‘it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ finish. A little bit of a flat finale sadly.

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Whore of Bethlehem – Extinguish the Light Full Track Listing:

1. Ritual Purification
2. Invocation
3. Overtaken by Evil
4. Possession
5. Parasitic Abominations
6. Extinguish the Light
7. Rebirth in Fire
8. Ravenous Undead Predators

You can order the album now over Black Market Metal Label here. Check out the band over on their website here & on Facebook here.

Whore of Bethlehem - Extinguish The Light (Black Market Metal Label)
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