Metal Review: Megascavenger – Descent of Yuggoth (2012)

Megascavenger - Descent of Yuggoth (2012)Megascavenger is yet another project from Swedish brainchild metal musician Roger “Rogga” Johansson who we most recently talked about in our review of Humanity Delete. If you were not sure how busy Johansson has been keeping himself, here are a few of his current and previous projects: Bloodgut, Bone Gnawer, Fondlecorpse, Humanity Delete, Paganizer, Putrevore, Revolting, Ribspreader, Swarming, The 11th Hour, The Grotesquery, Those Who Bring the Torture, Demiurg, ex-Carve, ex-Foreboding, ex-Terminal Grip, Eaten (Swe), ex-Banished from Inferno, ex-Deranged, ex-Sinners Burn.

The first question that one would ask is if Roger “Rogga” Johansson is taking on too much and speading himself too thin. From the sounds of Megascavenger’s latest release, Descent of Yuggoth, you would have to say that he is not. With the myriad of projects that Johansson is working on, it is amazing how he really does have a distinct vision for each of them. While they are similar at times, you can listen to a song and identify the project rather quickly.

Also, I applaud musicians like Johansson who have the passion to do what they do. The amount of work that he puts into his craft is amazing and Descent of Yuggoth is not a bad album by any stretch of the imagination. It is a nice take on dirty, classic death metal. You listen to Descent of Yuggoth and imagine a land of filth and grime. You feel dirty just listening to it, and that is actually a compliment.

Descent of Yuggoth begins with one of the highlights to the album, Nihilisticon, which opens up with a haunting riffs and quickly obliterates all in its path with its destruction. The title track, Descent of Yuggoth, quickly follows and continues the assault. The third track, Smokescreen Armageddon, is another crushing tune with its riffs and guttural screams of madness. Song after song, we are treated to classic death metal tones. There are very few weak moments on the album and only because there are some generic moments.

Containing 9 tracks and barely breaking 36 minutes, Descent of Yuggoth is a quick listen, but is well worth at least 36 minutes of your time. If you miss this release, you are doing yourself an injustice. Descent of Yuggoth simply rocks and needs to be recognized for that.

Descent of Yuggoth Track Listing:
1. Nihilisticon
2. Descent of Yuggoth
3. Smokescreen Armageddon
4. Catapulted Through Aeons
5. Void of Damnation
6. Funerals and Ceremonies
7. Death Obsessed
8. No Haven For the Sane
9. To Revel With Vermin