(Via Nocturna, 2016)
#FOR FANS OF: Brutal Death Metal
Italian brutal death metallers Lectern have stayed true to their roots and kept their steadfast tradition to mixing a brutal variation of the Floridian variety of death metal with a much harsher, more Satanic bent to their music that makes it more devastating. The main feature to be found here is the rather sharp, brutal riff-work, managing to work through a strong series of rhythm patterns that showcase a tight foundation with short rhythms and deep, churning grooves. That the vast majority of tracks in this section are built around a thrashing mindset means that they’re fast, vicious and really exploit the fine precision displayed throughout here as the up-tempo tracks and short rhythms give this a distinctly Floridian feel utilizing those similar tactics in their work. This one though adds on a far more blistering and twisting series of riffing over that which adds a frank brutality to the rhythms in this, and given that the riffing still adds a rather old-school vibe to the material is a fine touch. For the most part, it doesn’t have much wrong here beyond the need for repeating the same riff-work and arrangements at the varying tempos, but that’s overlooked with efforts like opener ‘Gergal Profaner,’ ‘Fluent Bilocation’ and ‘Distil Shambles’ all frequently showcase. The longer efforts like ‘Palpation of Sacramentarian’ and ‘Pellucid’ also offer more a traditional old-school death metal feel, but on the whole are more than enjoyable enough throughout here to give this one a lot to really like here for brutal and old-school death metal fans.