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ALBUM REVIEW: Third Sovereign - Perversion Swallowing Sanity


Back in 2007, Indian death metal veterans Third Sovereign released their debut full length “Destined to Suffer”, since then the band has gained fame all across the sub-continent and beyond as one of the best emerging death metal acts out of the country. Fast forward to the present, and the band has finally released their much awaited sophomore full length - Perversion Swallowing Sanity.

When it comes to death metal, the genre is rather becoming over-crowded with every passing day. Sadly, most of these bands are just trying to mimic the sound of the legends whose footsteps they wish to follow. Every day, one can see a new Obituary rip-off or someone trying to just copy the tech-riifs of Necrophagist (and fail miserably). This is where Third Soverign stand out from the rest of the crowd, with a sound that has evolved over a decade into something they can call their own. Yes, the influences of bands like Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse and Vader is clearly evident, but the band makes sure they don’t stretch it too much into the afore-mentioned “cover band” territory.

The album kicks off with “Sakei Ai Hla/Grave of Humanity” which in its own occult manner builds up the atmosphere and shouts out the war-cry for the battle that lies ahead. One of the early standout track that really showcases the best of the band comes in “Devolution of Mortality”. The track has some exquisite riffing with wild beats on the drum kit. The whole sound converges into a perfect conflation of death and thrash. Towards the latter half, one just cannot miss “Holocaust of Preaching” with its virtuoso guitar solo, its overall dark vibe and it still hits the listeners with monstrous force.

If one had to describe the music in a short and concise manner, one would have to call it a sonic attack that just gallops all over the listeners’ mind! The vocalist Vedant is quick with his perfectly pitched guttural vocals that can melt any face. The riffs are an audio treat for any metal head, along with the bass groves that perfectly compliment the furious drum beats! O, and what a beast Ruben is behind the drum kit! From start to the very end, he manages to deliver some top notch skull pounding beats!

Overall, Perversion Swallowing Sanity showcases the perfection in their sound and music that Third Soverign have achieved over the years. For anyone who enjoys straight up, no bull-shit death metal music, intermingled with some old school thrash elements , this album is a must listen! Pick up your copy, and be prepared to be devastated...

Album Rating: 9/10
Reviewed By: Vidur Paliwal

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