Promulgation of the Fall is Greek death metal Dead Congregation’s sophomore effort and holy shit this is a strong contender for my list of end of year tops, it is that bloody good. After a lengthy 6 years after Dead Congregation’s debut album, being as good as it was, having this beast of an album drop is a testament to their abilities.
The riffs exude an atmosphere of blaspheme and evil befitting a band of their name which are reminiscent of Immolation and Incantation’s riffing style. The atmosphere is especially obvious on the title track with its build up sounding like the rising of some renowned hellspawn or Satan himself. The vocals and drumming do not hinder this imagery in any way, with vocalist A.V. spewing forth deep rumblings that seep into the music and add an extra layer of deep filth to the music along with the double kick heavy drums. The production quality on the album is especially befitting, allowing the vocals to creep into the music for atmosphere while staying above the instrumentation enough to be really potent.
I have no real quips about the song writing either, its strong and each of the 8 songs on the album provide plenty of head bangable and interesting moments while remaining ultimately an effort into hellish blasphemy and strife. On top of this the songs never outstay their welcome, not even the 7 minute monster Schisma, which has an absolutely crushing middle section.
Very highly recommended for fans of Immolation and Incantation, damn these Greeks do death metal fucking well. Also highly recommended is the debut, Graves of the Archangels, which absolutely slays.