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On Facebook, Deiphago describe themselves as "bestial black death devastation" (with several exclamation points!), but since I realize this description is unhelpful to the general public, I'll go into a bit more detail. The guitars on "Heretic Oath" are so blown-out and down-tuned that they register as an opaque churning mass, inky and turbulent and impenetrable—it's only possible to identify notes in the brief stop-time breaks (and during the solo toward the end, which I was totally not expecting). The frenzied, incantatory vocals don't seem to follow the song so much as dictate its shape—between the desperate raggedness of the singing and the blurry speed of the drumming, it hardly feels like the whole band is bound by the same tempo. This is one instance where tortured, out-of-breath screaming feels perfectly natural, not merely required by genre—I'd probably sound the same way if I were being chewed up in that meat grinder of feral, incapacitating noise.