Italy’s Hierophant are back with another all-out assault on your senses. On “Peste” these dudes managed to come up with a sound that’s even bleaker and more pissed off than on 2012’s “Great Mother : Holy Monster”, which is no small feat if you’ve heard that album.
With their take on D-beat inflected hardcore with metallic crunch, they will rip you a new asshole before you get the chance to register what’s going on. After a blood-curdling scream, “Inganno” bursts out of the speakers and hits you like a freight train. And they simply keep on going from there with short blasts like “Sottomissione”, “Alienazione” and “Egoismo” before slowing things down for a spell with “Inferno”, which is every bit as heavy as the songs preceding it but turned down to a sludgy crawl.
My only problem with “Peste” is that there’s only so much pummeling I can take. Bu being über-heavy all the time, it loses some of its impact after a while. But hey, if you like your music as hard and uncompromising as Nails, then go for it!