This rancid quartet arose in 2013 and has been focusing on nothing more but old-school black/thrash metal in the vein of Bathory or Destroyer 666. The band started out as a duo but quickly brought in two more members to play live gigs and record a number of demos. Shortly after, they got picked up by Old Temple, which resulted in this half hour compilation of the sickest and most morbid songs Bestiality have written in the past year.
Most of the songs are short, two to three minutes lasting pieces of blast-beat driven incantations,
except for 'Blood Red Like Sodomy', which actually is a six minute blast-beat driven one (with a short keyboard passage at the end), so to speak. Chaotic thrash-riffs and some (not very much) tempo switches are the main weapon of distruction for this act. My favourite track, even if most of the tracks are pretty alike, is also the most extreme on the album, named 'Way Of The Cross'. This song is just plain sick.
Everything about Bestiality breathes the old school of black metal. As the earlier mentioned postman would love, there's no room for clean vocals or lengthy atmospheric soundscapes (except for the earlier mentioned 'Blood Red Sodomy' and the opener 'Ode To The Dead - Tales From The Crypt'). There's also no need to overproduce the music, making the result sound bleak, cold and haunting.
Lyrics are in no way poetic or mystical, just sickening and gore. Titles (and the whole songs for that matter) like 'Raped By The Devil' or 'Ritual Genocide' are perfect examples of this 'true' persona.
Verdict: this is one hell of a black metal album and actually a very welcome throw-back. There are still a lot of fans who are disgruntled by the direction their beloved genre is heading lately. Luckily for them, bands like Bestiality still feel the urge to stick to what they feel is 'true' black metal. From the artwork, over the band-image to the fierce and intense music: this as old-school as it gets.