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'Revulsion Of Seraphic Grace'
(Dark Descent Records)

jools green

Jools Green

father befouled revulsion

Death Metal quartet Father Befouled, Chicago's masters of the brutally morose, have released upon our ears their third full length, 'Revulsion Of Seraphic Grace', the follow up to 2010s mournful yet punishing masterpiece, 'Morbid Destitution Of Covenant'.

'Revulsion Of Seraphic Grace' consists of seven tracks and is a concise thirty six minutes of dense, oppressive sound. Father Befouled are not a band that try to be over elaborate with their sound; all the atmosphere is created through slow, heavy, down tuned riffs, low guttural vocals and clever phrasing.

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The first track, 'Indulgence Of Abhorrent Prophecies' opens with a fairly fast tempo and immediately the sinister and oppressive feel hits you, created by that down tuning and the sheer heaviness of the riffs all compounded by the terrifyingly low vocals.

Initially starting with a slower tempo, 'Irreverent Ascendancy' speeds up midway to elevate the levels of terror and horror created so far, causing a desperate sense of urgency in your mind. 'Devourment Of Piety' I found to be a fascinating track because quite strangely, it has a bleak groove to it in places, making it very catchy in a doom laden way.

From the offset, 'Obscurance Of Universality' is frantic and intense, laced with shrill guitar work, giving a sense of urgency before dropping into a slow oppressive tempo. The track switches regularly between these two moods to build huge amounts of atmosphere and interest.

  Another track with a sinister groove going on is 'Desacrament', created by the repeat riff pattern that makes up the basis of this track, complemented by the equally sinister vocalisation.

With its fast tempo from the start, 'Impetus To Angelic Descension' is another track with a terrifying urgency about it, briefly allowing your fear respite by slowing in tempo midway and ending with an excellent depressing solo that culminates in distortion.

The final track, 'Triumvirate Of Liturgical Desecration' is a slow morbid opener with slow, pounding atmospheric drums and crashing cymbals which work to great effect. As the longest track on the album at almost ten minutes it is impressive, both for its variance, endurance and sustained level of terror.

Given the heavyweight pedigree of the morbid maestros that make up Father Befouled, a certain standard is expected. Ghoat on vocals/guitars (ex Hills Of Sefiroth), Ghoul on guitars from Abyssion, Elektrokutioner from Festered and Encoffination on drums, Jake Kohn on bass from Prosanctus Inferi and Black Funeral and not surprisingly they achieve this on this latest offering.

'Revulsion Of Seraphic Grace' is out now on Dark Descent Records.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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