No, Accursed Spawn is not the name of a Bloodborne boss (though it totally sounds like it could be). Instead, it’s the name of a five-piece Death Metal band from Ottawa, Ontario. But to call them simply a Death Metal band would be a little unfair, because Accursed Spawn plays an insane blend of Death, Thrash, Black, and Extreme metal. That recipe created their most recent offering, The Virulent Host, that grabs you by the throat and never lets go the entirety of this LP consisting of nine, neck-breaking heavy metal tunes.
“Bhopal ‘84” kicks off with riffs and blast beats that would sit just as comfortably on a Testament record as it would on a Belphegor record. Vocalist Adam Pell spews his harsh growls over the track, creating some truly dark, and aggressive Death Metal. In the short four minutes of this track, we hear the absolute technical proficiency of the entire band.
Songs like “Bloodforged” and “Interrogated Bludgeoning” continue to deliver fast technicality and aggression. If you’re expecting a break in the music, you won’t find it. At no point does Accursed Spawn hold your hands through flowery fields to ease the assault. Instead, this entire record is a slog through the harshest environments of Extreme Metal – and it’s fucking awesome!
“Shotgun Facelift” is my favourite track (and not just because of the great name). I think this track encapsulates Accursed Spawn’s sound perfect. We’re getting elements of The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse, and Mayhem in the form of some of the heaviest fucking riffs and drums on the entire record. The guitar solo at the end would make Dave Mustaine jealous.
I never really thought of Ottawa as a place that could “spawn” some great Death Metal, but Accursed Spawn just proved me wrong. I’m even going to go out on a limb here and say that The Virulent Host belongs up there in the ranks with classics like Scream Bloody Gore and Altars of Madness. It’s THAT good. And honestly, it’s cool to see a band try and do something different with the genre. There are a lot of different styles on metal being played on this record. On paper, it shouldn’t work and yet somehow, a band from Ottawa Ontario fucking nailed it!
Written by Dominic Abate
*edited by Danielle Kenedy