Death's Striking Wings
Sepulchral Voice Records
I listen to a lot of metal. But for all the bands I listen to and like, I find that very few of them really truly manage to strike a chord in my soul and stick with me. Degial are just such a band. Without a doubt, they are as dedicated to their music as they are to living. You've probably heard the notion that someone "bleeds for their art"? Well, I am positive that Degial do just that. Not surprising though. The guys in this band are also either in or have been part of acts like Undergång, Repugnant, Die Hard, Watain and Unpure. And here they've banded together to form Degial, which can be summed up as what might have happened if Morbid Angel had come out of Sweden instead of Florida. Seriously, this is the Swedish answer to "Altars of Madness" and "Abominations of Desolation." High praise, but more than well deserved. Any true fan of death metal who has been disappointed with the direction Morbid Angel have taken in the last several years (especially in the case of their atrocious "I" album, the full name of which will be unspoken here), will be more than satisfied with the songs on "Death's Striking Wings." Which isn't to say that Degial should be written off as just a clone of older Morbid Angel. They're more than that. It's just that their main influence can be heard so plainly. Definitely one of the real finds of 2012.