Album Review: Unholy Baptism, “Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude”

From the northern region of Arizona, Unholy Baptism blend their own form of black metal with hints of the 2000’s new wave of black metal melded with the early Norwegian scene.

Formed in 2008, we have Mantus (vocalist, bassist, guitarist, drum programmer) and Moloch (guitarist, drum programmer), and Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude is their follow up to On the Precipice of the Ancient Abyss which will eventually be part of a trilogy. In quoting Mantus:

The album is the beginning of a trilogy exploring the unrepentant darkness of the human condition and the inconceivable power of the gods deep within the farthest reaches of the universe. This album explores the human consciousness and the opening of the mind to the vast, overwhelming power that exists outside of this terrestrial prison.

From the intro to the finish, Unholy Baptism thoroughly capture everything that is black metal. Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude is a rolling dark mist of stampeding and raw sounds, crisp and well-defined. Each track is distinctive and the vocals express only what could have originated from the deepest recesses of the brain, where primitive emotion dominates everything.

Volume I: The Bonds of Servitude is out October 5. Buy it here!

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Unholy Baptism - Volume 1 - Promo

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