The Sedlec Ossuary

BEGOTTEN / WRETCHED ABOMINATION by THE SEDLEC OSSUARY (Self-released)

For those who need a history lesson (like me), the Sedlec Ossuary is actually a room below a Roman Catholic chapel in the Czech Republic estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. Many of these bones have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. (Thanks Wikipedia!)

The Sedlec Ossuary in this review is a band based in the UK whose style of death metal is guaranteed to cause a serious case of whiplash (and maybe a few broken bones of your own when your ass is launched into a Sedlec mosh pit).  Influences range from the likes of the atmospherics found in Dark Tranquility all the way to the more brutal aspects of Suicide Silence. Their two-song demo is an impressive introduction to be sure. The musicianship in the band is tight as hell, and should easily gain them a good deal of notice.

Begotten blasts out at the listener with a driving relentlessness, showing that these Nottingham-based lads mean serious business. Wretched Abomination is another top track demonstrating the perfect mixture of the melodic and the extreme that the band seems to master so well.

The rhythm section found within The Sedlec Ossuary is a tightly oiled machine, keeping the technical beats with a keen sense of professionalism. The guitar work is creative and jarring – creating a mesmerizing wall of sound. And then the vocal work drives it all home in a ferocious fashion.

The two songs they currently have on their Myspace definitely leave the listener wanting to hear a whole lot more. The Sedlec Ossuary demonstrate a lot of skill and promise in their work, so it will be exciting to see what destructive gems these guys come up with next. The membership of The Sedlec Ossuary consists of Alec on vocals. Ben and Pat on guitars, Tom on bass, and Harvey on drums.

(Review by Kenneth Morton)

The Sedlec Ossuary on Myspace

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