Cape of Bats - Violent Occultism
Broken Limbs Recordings
Punk/Black/Thrash Metal
13 songs (36'36'')
Release year: 2015
Broken Limbs Recordings
Reviewed by Jared

October has to be my favorite month of the year, with all the decorations, atmosphere, and haunted houses that open up to go to, I can’t help but to wish this time of year to last longer. The thrashy, punk, and black metal group Cape of Bats released their album at the perfect time with their debut Violent Occultism which deals heavily with lyrics revolving around Vampirism settling in well with the mood this Halloween season.

Violent Occultism has a good rawness to it, opening things up with Kali Yuga (The Lightning & The Moon). A bit of the band Dissection rubs off with the introductory portion of this track, but the song boils into a chaotic frenzy shortly after. Vocals screech harshly, but the music concentrates on a wicked and erratic tone, boiling with an evil hate. There is a presence of a punk attitude, like Weeping Daughters of Jerusalem, but makes sure to drape itself over in darkness with the use of keyboards. One of the best tracks, Lord of Shadows, is an angry tune, aggressively punching out melodic thrashy riffs that have a muddy black metal sound to them, but it is still blanketed by a ghostly feel.

Cape of Bats may be a bit harsh on the ear at times, some tracks standing out better than others, but amid all the turmoil, solid musicianship stands out, most notably in Buckets of Blood. The guitars really meld well together here in a great thrashy and harmonious manner, but also delivering a great wailing solo towards the end.

For their first full-length, Cape of Bats unleashed a fury of thrash, black, and even some punk with the debut. Adorned in a ghastly tone, and focusing on a hostile, rage filled atmosphere, Violent Occultism can be an extreme ride.

Killing Songs :
Kali Yuga (The Lighting & The Moon), Lord of Shadows, Weeping Daughters of Jerusalem, Buckets of Blood
Jared quoted 70 / 100
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