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With their 2012 debut 'Death's Striking Wings' Uppsala's Degial caused a bit of a stir within the underground. In contrast to most of their fellow Swedish retro-deathsters, the album was an excellent take on Morbid Angel circa 1990 to a tee with a thick intense pitch black atmosphere. The latter earned them a slot as the go to opener of Watain and the frequent touring seem to have left Degial more mature and focused.
The solid blackened Morbid Angel influence is really abundant on 'Savage Mutiny' as well, but this time around quite a bit of Possessed and even Immolation can be detected as well. If anything I would describe Degial 2015 as an even darker more atmospheric Repugnant with heavier Morbid Angel influences and some short atmospheric, almost ambient, passages.
The atmosphere is still the main focus on this one and is not only on par with 'Death's Striking Wings' but is actually even denser and closer to total darkness. The feeling of staring helplessly into the abyss is present from start to finish. On 'Savage Mutiny' the band has started to move away from the more conventional, yet Morbid Angel-unorthodox, songwriting of the debut with its solid riffing in favor of the distinctive atmosphere. As a consequence, the accessibility has taken its toll and after five spins I feel there is still much more than meets the ears.
Even though I am to dig even deeper into the pit Degial has already touched the amazing quality of 'Death's Striking Wings' with 'Savage Mutiny' and then some! Their live shows, which always had the atmosphere as the focal point, will undoubtedly be even more of a sermon as these songs will start to make their way into the live set. Highly recommended for everyone who enjoys death metal from the dark side.
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