I was very curious from day one when I got to know about this band; I was waiting even more anxiously since I’ve heard that they are working on their very first album. Well, the wait was finally over on March 29th when KHNVM finally released their debut album – Foretold Monuments Of Flesh. It was released through a German metal label, Testimony Records, in LP, CD, and digital formats.
Even though I haven’t gotten my hands on the physical copy yet, I have quenched my thirst by listening to the digital format on YouTube. So, without further ado, let’s get down to business.
Firstly, I’d like to mention that once I started playing the album, I was instantly thrown into the fiery pits of hell. Those raw guitar riffs and bass lines, the blasting assault of the drums, and one hell of a monstrous and guttural vocal, this is the perfect recipe for this album.
The first song which is the title track of the album is, in my opinion, the best example of an introductory track. The starting is absolutely evil sounding! It’s the kind of evil that will tear your flesh and grind your bones. The same goes for the next track, Invocato Deo Plaga. However, the madness truly starts to affect you from the third track, Heathen Beast. The starting of this track sounds more like the theme music from the film Psycho, but more metal-sounding (obviously). The same kind of feeling can be experienced on the fourth track of the album, Sic Mundus Creatus Est.
The tracks Profaning the Ancient Rites
and Gutted To The Bone sound more like, in my opinion, a combination
of the bands Nile and Cannibal Corpse. Technical
enough, yet truly face-meltingly brutal.
As for the final track, Kabbalah of Darkness, the depth of horror that they have expressed in this song knows no bounds; it’s powerful and evil.
Now, let’s talk about the technicalities. The guitar riffs and the drum techniques are very reminiscent of bands like Cattle Decapitation, Orator, Deicide, Nile, Cannibal Corpse, and Death. If you blend these bands together, you’ll get the ultimate taste that KHNVM has provided us. There’s really nothing more I can say to express the feelings I have about this band; just listen to this album for yourself.
I’d like to give a big shout out to Showmik Das (aka Obliterator) for the insane vocal deliveries, guitar, and bass duties. I’d also like to give a shout out to Krzysztof Klingbein for playing as a guest drummer in this album. His killer drum techniques added so much more insanity to the album. Also, another big shout out goes to James Robert Bryant Coppolino (aka James Coppolino) of the U.S. death metal act, Abysmal Dawn, for his amazing and killer drum skills in the track Sic Mundus Creatus Est. Tastemaker Audio (USA) deserves credit, as well, as they’ve done an awesome job in the mixing and mastering process.