One of the most literally explosive young bands in the nowadays metal underground, ATONEMENT are a trio of Swedes whose average age is 16 years old. Indeed, despite such youth, ATONEMENT are steeped in the ancient essence of thrashing death metal circa 1987. Bubbling forth from their cauldron of nastiness are the likes of early Destruction, Sepultura, Possessed, Death, Sweden’s Morbid, Germany’s Poison, and Chile’s Pentagram. Merciless Blasphemy is thus aptly titled, for each of these five songs whips forth a filth & fury quite unlike anything else around. The deathrash idiom may be firmly in place, but the sound and especially feeling across these 18 minutes is simply OTHERWORLDLY…
From the lungs of Hell? A Lovecraftian vortex? A nuclear wasteland that could’ve verily happened during the Cold War of the 1980s? Who knows exactly but ATONEMENT, and they’re just getting started with their ascent to supremacy. Behold their Merciless Blasphemy!
Helter Skelter, SWEDEN 2022.