The Petulant - Dictum

The Petulant - Dictum

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(CD, Mighty Music, 2017)

It was really long since I had last dug into an album of the more brutal kind. With the selection of material to work with, I've really moved away from Death & Black Metal these last few years, so I'm definitely a bit rusty when it comes to this genre. Danish THE PETULANT are not. I love it when bands can generate an old-school feel in the music and still have a modern production.

The riffs in opening “Toying With The Infinite” are crisp and clear and there's a lot of oomph in the sound. Still, there's dynamics and, apart from the kick, it sounds organic. The triggered kick fits the music in a good way and it's not as topped as it can be. I really enjoy the mix of precision riffing and more atmospheric progression, it's technical but still flows smoothly.

The beat in “Ulterior Doctrines” - which follows - is really cool. It feels like it is turned around here and there and it sure holds a good tempo. It's basically the same with “Reanimated” too; this song is taken down in pace in the chorus though which makes it very heavy. Initially, I drew references to the last few DEATH albums. The technicality and melodies are there and there's a lot of fines in THE PETULANT’s music. A few spins later, the connection isn't there anymore. Perhaps, in the “Rituals” track, parts of the riffs are in a higher pitch and then it definitely touches upon the geniality of Chuck Schuldiner. The slow introduction of “My Ceasar” reminds me of the first two PARADISE LOST albums; it definitely touches upon Death / Funeral Doom this track. The verses though are a lot sharper and playing with dissonance. It all sounds fantastic and this is my favorite of the album, perhaps since this one is much closer what I listen to in general than the rest of the record.

Also, the massive album closer “The Nation” stands out immediately; it's dark and dramatic and I really like that. The track is a true epic and the groove in the riffs is phenomenal. Things like this is why I like this type of music, so THE PETULANT have definitely done a good job with their first full length “Dictum”.

8/10


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Tracklist:

01. Toying With The Infinite
02. Ulterior Doctrines
03. Disciples
04. Reanimated
05. Cadaverous Carnival
06. My Caesar
07. Extremist
08. Rituals
09. Dehumanized
10. The Nation


Lineup:

Asbjörn Steffensen - Bass, Vocals
Kræn Meier - Guitar
Mads Gath - Guitar
Lukas Meier - Drums