Underworld Records announced August 15th, 2011 as the release date for Excommunicated’s debut album, Skeleton Key. This band was formed by several former band-mates in 2010 in Louisiana and did not sing the praises of the Christian Church. David Kinkade of Malevolent Creation, Monarch, Council Of The Fallen and more session drummed on the album. Death Devout was a 2018 covers' album.
EXCOMMUNICATED – DEATH DEVOUT – SATANATH
Excommunicated is back… but not really. All this CD offers is a collection of cover versions of earlier death metal songs the band considers classics or its favourites. Cover versions were redundant and silly the day the first one was played and they are a million times more retarded now. It is understandable that bands like to play their favourite tunes at their rehearsal spaces, but to put these on albums and play them live is beyond the karaoke pale. Why would one not listen to the original? It is even sadder when one attends a concert and the best reaction a band receives is when it plays a cover song!
That aside, this disc features 14 tracks inclusive of intro and outro where Excommunicated gives the listener its interpretation of Deicide, Cemetary, Pungent Stench, Bolt Thrower, et cetra songs. Admittedly, the band does a great job of varying its sound to clone the original tune. Therefore, a rating of 30 just because Excommunicated copies Morgoth’s Body Count to a T. It sounds as if Morgoth is on the CD player both musically and vocally. – Ali “The Metallian”