VORKREIST - SABBATHICAL FLESH POSSESSION - XTREEM
First things first, despite the phonetic pronunciation of the band's name, the Frenchmen are probably not 'for Christ.' How else would one explain songs called Open The Gates Of Flesh, Purified Hellfire or Tread On The Cross? Secondly, the label has absolutely obliterated the band's fantastic cover - on my version anyway. The omnivorous goat has turned into a puddle of obliterated red on the cover. Why? Thirdly, the sound is weak and in the vicinity of an average demo. Nevertheless, the brutal black/death band has come through with a merciless album comparable - though not directly- to Bloodthorn, Behemoth, Deicide and Emperor. Lest metal fans worry regarding that last approximation, let it be known that Vorkreist would not touch a keyboard with a ten-foot pole. This is raw, savage and infernal metal, which pleases the knights of Metallian Towers. - Ali "The Metallian"
VORKREIST – SUBLIMATION XXIXA – XTREEM
In the interest of saving time let me admit to not having any idea what the album’s title is supposed to represent. The music though is another matter. This is brutal and swift death metal that has seen a couple of notches of improvement since the band’s first album over two years ago. The band has simultaneously put more emphasis on beefier riffs. There are also some thrashy riffs on Torturekult and slower tempos on VKT Konklave. With streamlined sound, better musicianship, no lessening of the intensity and an optimized production Vorkreist has become a capable killing machine. Simply put, this album is full of seriously efficient death metal riffs. If the band can make as much progress between this album and its third then that album should be an unbridled masterpiece. – Ali “The Metallian”