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Review: Transcendence – Hour of the Summoning

by Bart Tomaszewski

Transcendence – Hour of the Summoning

1. Hour of the Summoning
2. The Nocturnal Dwelling
3. Mutilating Accursed Souls
4. Damned in Eternity

Label: Blood Harvest Records / Helter Skelter Productions
Date: April 20, 2018

OK, let’s move to sunny California. Los Angeles isn’t only imaginary capital of movie industry worldwide. In the the most populous city of California, as well as whole western part of the States, there always existed strong metal scene and several great bands. And I’m absolutely not talking about band who, according to words of Angelripper, isn’t metal band anymore! However, I think, actually I’m sure, that names like Terrorizer or Sadistic Intent are very well-known for every metalhead who likes more extreme sub-genres of our beloved music.

Transcendence hasn’t as rich and successful as mentioned bands career on metal scene. It was in fact formed 2006 as Minister and then changed the name twice. Well, music also evolved during these years, I guess. Anyways, it was and still is old good death metal with some touches of thrash. Of course some musicians left the band, some became new members and the final effect is that anyone from Minister don’t play in the band anymore, as far as I know. So let’s leave alone the only release of this band (“Victims of Demise”) and let’s talk about newest, second Transcendence’s EP. Of course I didn’t hear both previous EP, “Morbid Reality” (2014) and demo “Altar of Disease”, the same year, so don’t expect any comparisons like that. Well, those of you who know me are also conscious of my malicious, probably innate, unwillingness, maybe even aversion, to take easy way out.

Anyhow, we have with four songs here to do. And here I have to add I’m sorry that we have only four songs to do with on “Hour…”. Well, this is nothing what I never heard before, even contrary. This is as classic as you only can imagine. And probably that’s why I like this so much. Californians’ music is both brutal, technical enough and melodic as well. I mean, some riffs and solos create quite easy-going melody. Well, mostly Miguel and Micheal play sick and characteristic for old-school death metal riffs. Tom’s vocal is also pure growling. Richard beats variable, but mostly always in middle-fast or even fast tempo.

Well, I think the best will be if you’ll just grab this stuff and listen to it. Music is to listening, not describing it, doesn’t it?!? However, I can guarantee that you’ll fall in love with this stuff and feel like in time-machine getting you to 90’s. It also takes cover-art. Oh, this is maybe not connected so much with this stuff, but I guess that’s always cool to enclose information like that, cause of supporting the scene, first of all. Michael and Richard play also in Goreified, Chris (bass) in Mysticism, both bands perform death metal as well.

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