Metal Review: Manticore – Behold the Ascension of the Execrated (2012)

Manticore - Behold the Ascension of the Execrated (2012)Cleveland’s Manticore is a band that takes raw to the extreme with their filthy death / black metal sound to the point where it seems as if they are reveling in the dirty sounds that they have created. It has been 6 long years since their last offering, For Rats and Plague. Meanwhile the band has released a split EP with Canadian band Necroholocaust (2011) and Australia’s Grave Upheaval (2012).

Behold the Ascension of the Execrated starts off a little differently than previous Manticore releases, almost as if they are plotting their course for this release. Previous releases opened with chaos and closed with chaos. Behold the Ascension of the Execrated is more brooding in its approach. The most apparent change to Manticore’s sound is the most obvious – the vocals. Gone are the squealing vocals, which are replaced with a more standard type of black / death metal vocals minus the heavy gutterals.

With only 9 tracks and barely breaking 30 minutes, this hardly has the feel of a full-length album, but who am I to argue with the band. They say that it is. I can tell you that it is 30 minutes that you will not regret when you give this one a listen. Oh, and by the way, they also perform a wicked cover of Venom’s classic In Nomine Satanas that you need to check out.

Behold the Ascension of the Execrated Track Listing:
1. Behold the Ascension of the Execrated
2. From the Darkness Below
3. Abhorrent Baptism in the Vestal Cavity
4. Procession to Possession
5. Denying the Resurrection
6. Torn Apart by Hate
7. In Nomine Satanas (Venom cover)
8. Filth upon Filth
9. Abolished Holy Conceit

Manticore Line-up:
Ixitichitl – Bass, Vocals
Maggot Wrangler – Drums
Naberius – Vocals, Guitars