Tuesday 18 May 2021

Eximperituserqethhzebibsiputgakkathsulweliarzaxulum (Eximperitus) - Sahrartu

Labels: Willowtip Records

Formats: Vinyl/CD/Tape/Digital

Release Date: 29 Jan 2021


1. Saqummatu

2. Utpada

3. Tahadu

4. Anhutu

5. Inqirad

6. Riqutu

Eximperituserqethhzebibsiputgakkathsulweliarzaxulum (or Eximperitus for short) is a mysterious and technical death metal band from Belarus. Sahrartu is the band's second full-length (released via Willowtip Records), coming five years after their debut full-length Projecting the Singular Emission of the Doctrine of Absolute and All-Absorbing Evil…' (shortened and translated here, the full title and album can be found here). Also counting a couple of demos, an EP and a compilation amongst their current decade-long discography, they're proving to be a cult hit amongst death metal fans. Their lyrics are presented in an obscure and archaic version of Belarusian.

I think the only other Belarussian band I’ve come across in recent years is Pa Vesh En. Eximperitus are a very different beast and album opener ‘Saqummatu’ gives a great introduction to the band’s instrumental skill. Slow, almost doom-like riffs and bass are backed up by blistering percussion. It does a very good job of keeping you guessing as you progress into the album further.

Following the measured opening song, ‘Utpada’ is where Eximperitus begin to stretch their legs a little more, with the addition of deep growls and instrumental layers, which are both lightning fast yet also rooted in the gloomier death/doom camp at times. It’s very focused. There’s definitely a higher degree of progression within the music on Sahrartu, but ’Tahadu’ is just pure brutality in it’s best form. That’s not to say it isn’t without it’s listenability though, as Eximperitus delves back into their old-school/mid-paced arsenal later on, helping it to retain an air of true evil. 

As most people expect technical death metal songs to be short and sweet, the opposite is true here. The six songs on Sahrartu clock in at just over thirty seven minutes and as the second half of the album kicks in, you’re treated to ‘Anhutu’, which is the first of two that equal almost half of the entire running time. It’s a veritable mix of their punishing death metal and murkier yet melodic grandiosity. Absolutely killer!

‘Inqirad’ is the second of the two and it really captures the traditional roots of Eximperitus. Subtle choral singing sits beneath some virtuoso guitar work before shifting into a different gear, one that sounds even more menacing. Again, the tempo of the guitars and vocals are somewhat slower than that of the percussion, yet it works so well as a whole. You’ll get lost in it before you get tired of it, trust me!

Sahrartu closes with the soothing tones of ‘Rigutu’, which is far removed from the songs that have come before and like the album opener, is instrumental. Again, it’s really well delivered, just like the entire record. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook bands because they’re not from “popular” scenes or whatever. I maintain that you should in fact reach outside of your boundaries instead. If you do, you’ll discover bands like Eximperitus and you’ll be richer because of it.

You can stream and purchase Sahrartu digitally below:-

It's also available to buy on all physical formats via their bandcamp page as well.

Eximperitus - https://www.facebook.com/eximperitus.official

Willowtip Records - https://www.facebook.com/willowtip

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