Dead CongregationPromulgation of the Fall

★★★☆ My very first thought was, “Ugh. What crappy production.” That thought lingered for about two minutes, before the rest of this impressive album carried me away. This is forty economically brütal minutes of modern death metal. And by that, I don’t mean a retread of well-traveled territory; even with all the blast beats, 32nd-note riffs, and artificial harmonics at their disposal, this band have crafted some truly non-derivative metal.