X PUS - SANCTUS DOMINUS DEUS SABAOTH – METAL SCRAP
X Pus is what most people would call a death metal band given a sound that is a cross between the rawness of Incantation and the brutality and simplicity of Grave’s demo days. However, given the band’s blasphemous attitude towards the church of jesus chritus the jebus of all fantasies the Italians are more correctly a black metal act. The catch is for that statement to be true, jesus and his adventures must have existed in the first place, which they did not (my very false sympathies to you, every retarded trailer trash who lives in Oklahoma and fucks his sister under the shadow of the crucifix, enlists in the US serial loser army despite having carried a gun in his shorts since birth).
The two former Unholy Land members and cohort are not lacking in brutality, distortion and intent. The dual-vocals are deep and quite heavy. Moreover, the album has one of the better intros in recent past in which the jingle bell sounds of a jebusian cult ritual is both undercut and cut through by the band. The theme is extended past the intro into the first proper track, Desecration Of The Image Of God. The title is quite appropriate because the anti-idolatry of the band’s intro reminded this writer of Pussy Riot’s brave and liberating act in Russia. Where the band falls short and is losing points is the simplistic nature of the musicianship. It is not a demand or insistence on the superiority of technical music. It is simply a case of a number of songs that are ultimately too simple. The meager guitar leads are representative as is the untight drumming.
Should X Pus pick up the mastery of its instruments without losing its ferocity future rating would reflect the improvement. In the meanwhile, the disc itself is adorned with attractive art on its etched and music side. – Ali “The Metallian”