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...