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Metal of death. Three words. Read them and (maybe) weep. Weep for hours of time, hundreds of gigabytes of space and countless pressed CD's all full of riffs buried in Incantation-worshipping reverb and dials-on-ten muck. Kids put old shcool death metal back on the menu but often forget how it's best prepared: medium rare, not burnt to a crisp.

Italy's Ekpyrosis, though, know their way around a charcoal grill. Err. Full stack of tube amps, rather. Their debut LP, Asphyxiating Devotion serves riffs, glorious steaming piles of them all pink in the middle and dribbling with viscous fluid to dip crusty baguettes in.

Click play on "Immolate the Denied." Taste the flavor. Which flavor exactly? It ought to appeal to the same palates that salivated over staff favorites Blood Incantation, except with even more shrieking high-register pinch harmonics in the style of Bob Vigna's work in Immolation. Delicious.

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Asphyxiating Devotion is out 1/23 via Memento Mori. Follow Ekpyrosis on Facebook.

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