Insemination Rites Of The Succubus by Night Hag
Ahhhh, the ever refreshing taste of gore -soaked, sexual ritual-spiced, & genuine Salem Witch’s cauldron-boiled American death metal in the mourning. There’s really, nothing quite like it, in any genre, or in any way. There is an ora about it that is so utterly distinguishable from the rest, sticking out like a sore and sore-covered thumb with a thickness that pollutes the air. Like a fog of metal. Just one listen to Night Hag and you will be spending the rest of your day in eternal states of possessed haunted misery and beyond repulsive bass tones. Then, just when you think it’s safe, Night Hag will visit you in your sleep and begin hypnotically dragging you to the darkest depths of your nightmares with their record, Insemination Rites Of The Succubus. Or.. at least that’s how I felt about it.
Horror-drenched, Evil Dead II “Fruit Cellar” Deadite Woman-inspired album art? Check. Completely badass, original, classic horror-inspired logo? You goddamn bet. Phenomenally twisted song titles and brilliantly simple yet gross band name? I liked everything about this record before I listened to a millisecond of it. Now that Insemination Rites Of The Succubus has penetrated my eardrums and soul several times at this point, I can confidently say I still love everything about this record. From the suffocating opener of “Buried In Gore” to the choice-cut Mortician cover, “Witches’ Coven” finale; Night Hag provide 5 offerings of classically brutal, heavy, thick, gross, and powerful, death metal. So, if that just ain’t your bag, I have a very hard time recommending this succubus to you.
Night Hag prove to be built for both speed AND comfort on this one, which is quite the rarity theses days. Night Hag have quite the range from going head-spinningly fast and technical to gut wrenchingly slow doom without batting an eyelash or losing an eye, which explains their decently lengthy track lengths. The latter definitely works in their favor as the songs don’t actually feel like 7-plus minutes, they feel like very cool, eclectic death metal tunes that hold the listeners attention like an ancient evil spirit’s spell. There is enough distorted and contorted tone & unrelenting heaviness on each song, like the bass and feedback heavy bridge section of “Buried In Gore”; while having Bloodbath (band reference and real life reference) speed and technicality towards the end. This theme stays true and splatters itself all through the record, especially on the epic, just about 10 minute, title track. Night Hag lurks in quite filthily like a hulking, drooping, and oozing, death metal version of Sleep. The rigor mortis-shaking drum thumping and the (previously aforementioned) disgustingly creeping bass are in perfect unholy harmony. The guitar is butcher knife sharp and these guys aren’t afraid to use it, and use it well.
Coming at us like a good serial killer with a knife should, at all angles, they provide stomp ’n bleed worthy palm muted chugs; all while literally shredding your skin off with rifery so fast & sharp it can teeter into black metal territory. More often than not, it’s just really fuckin’ good, traditional, death metal guitar. And there is not a single thing wrong with that. While the always-a-good-choice cavernously guttural vocal work of Jon R. thickens the atmosphere like bile in the witches brew. Spiteful, gross, and spewing lyricism of unapologetically demented shit, which is just about what any good death metal should be. That and killer bass. Did I mention that yet? Anyway, back to the vocals from the depths of hell, they’re awesome. And so is their cover of Witches’ Coven that takes the album home. Especially the bass intro - damn, I did it again.
Anyway, the whole thing is awesome. And so is Night Hag. And so is Horror Pain Gore Death Productions who are responsible for the release of Night Hag’s debut. At the end of the day, there are plenty worse Night hags to spend a half an hour with. Oh, and, their drummer is also the singer, which makes all of that immediately way cooler.
Gym Rating: 3.5/5 (deadlifts only)
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