It was but 2018 when Italian power-trio THULSA DOOM made their explosive debut onto the worldwide scene with their Realms of Hatred demo, courtesy of INVICTUS. Short but very sweet, Realms of Hatred may’ve been released in 2018, but its heart pumped the lifeblood of turn-of-the-’90s DEATH METAL. No gore, no triggers, no Swedeath worship: rather, the sulfurous diabolism of early Morbid Angel, Sadistic Intent, Chile’s Pentagram, and even a bit of Necrovore. A total full-on assault of Metal of Death madness, THULSA DOOM made their point with vile exclamation, and then made everyone wait…until now!
At long last, THULSA DOOM deliver their debut album, A Fate Worse Than Death. Picking up right where they left off, the band’s first full-length brims with the same hellfire and mystery that made the late ’80s such a classic period in the underground, and then adds caldronous atmosphere that only heightens their extreme aggression that much more. In fact, with a righteously robust production that’s powerful and era-exemplary, one could argue that A Fate Worse Than Death is stylistically the perfect middle point between Abominations of Desolation and Altars of Madness…and if you don’t know, then you really DON’T fucking KNOW! Nevertheless, THULSA DOOM are their own masters, and the songwriting teeters on that dangerous tightrope between control and chaos – but the key word here is dangerous. Nowadays “death metal” mostly lacks that danger, but these mad Italians are here to bring it back in full force. Because to do otherwise is A Fate Worse Than Death!