Genre: Death Metal
Country: Poland
Label: Godz Ov War Productions
Release: 06/06/2019

The Polish act Kingdom come back to discography this summer, carrying on their backs their fifth completed album, titled “Rotting Carcass Arise on the Burial Mound.” Remaining faithful to their sound and everything that surrounds it, Kingdom within a total of 32 minutes demonstrate how they can broaden their horizons while remaining locked in them. And what do i mean? Even though we do not really listen to innovative songs that go beyond the logic that Kingdom has made us accustomed to, the record rolls pleasantly and the band goes one step further in terms of composition and maturation. The album opens with an otherworldly track, with vocals that resemble a merge between a Witch of the Carpathians and the devil’s minions. Taking into account the entirety of the album, we are walking on Black / Death / Sludge / Doom trails, thus Kingdom can appeal to a wide audience, where every devotee of one of the aforementioned genres can find something to feast upon. At some points, Kingdom reminded me of equally versatile and of course beloved Grave Miasma in “Exalted Emanation”. The sound is heavy and dusty, dirty, dark, with a primitive feeling that makes your heartbeats strike a bit faster and more stressful. We come across exquisite drums and well-crafted guitars, with attention to detail and vocals of the kind that can cause purulent wounds on your body. The good thing with this album is that every time you listen to it, you also see a different level of it. Production-wise, “Rotting Carcass Arise on the Burial Mound” sounds as modern and contemporary as it should in 2019, while at the same time it is stiff and rugged, as if it came from the late ’80s – early’ 90s. The lyrics are written in both English and Polish, thus giving an ‘exotic’ tinge and crypticity to the final result. A fine detail is the adaptation of Samael’s “Baphomet’s Throne”, a cover in which Kingdom gave their own note and identity. Ultimately, Kingdom’s talent in making music, along with their apparent evolution (considering their course so far), makes “Rotting Carcass Arise Upon the Burial Mound” a great choice for extreme sound devotees.

4,5 / 6