As a young lad in a developing scene, who had just discovered death metal, my introduction to Third Sovereign happened back in 2007 when their full length ‘Destined to Suffer’ came out. The band’s brutal, straightforward approach to death metal fascinated my young mind and it was my first encounter with death metal from India. As the years passed, death metal in the country branched out into different styles while Third Sovereign lie dormant in terms of releases. After 9 years, the band prepares to make a comeback on Transcending Obscurity India with their second full length, titled ‘Perversion Swallowing Sanity’. Though there is a wide gap between the releases, the band’s sound harkens back to the first couple of albums and they manage to sound as brutal as ever.
Third Sovereign pull no punches when it comes to delivering the brutality. The music is straight forward and there is absolutely no make-up added to it. Reminiscent of old school greats like Vader, Cannibal Corpse and the likes, the band manages to transport the listener back to the early days of the genre. The riffs pack a powerful punch and the tracks are instant mosh triggers. Every spin of the album is an entertaining affair and the powerful riffs instigate chronic headbanging syndrome.
Unlike most old school imitators that make the music too simple for its own good, Third Sovereign packs the tracks with groove, a bit of technicality and a whole lot of brutality. The thundering drums and the pounding bass backs the riffs to create a booming atmosphere. The vocal work is not only deep and almost guttural, but good enunciation is also on display. The album packs everything one would expect from a death metal, from blastbeat filled ‘Living This Hate’, the mid tempo grooves of ‘Spawned with Guilt’ to the riff-tastic concluder ‘Burnt Epitome’.
The ideas on the album have been explored by many bands over the years, but seldom is it pulled off in such an enjoyable manner. The album is a homage to death metal at it’s finest. The band covers every base as far as death metal is concerned. Third Sovereign are veterans at creating straight up, no nonsense music and ‘Perversion Swallowing Sanity’ is a testament to that.
The album comes out on 15th January 2016, through Transcending Obscurity India, but you can stream the track ‘Devolution of Morality’ right here, right now.