Escarnium are a band that brings death metal out of the harsh climates of Scandinavia and the supposed paradise which is Florida and comes from the depths of Brazil, home of the almighty Sepultura. However, just because they aren’t from the original homes of Death Metal, doesn’t mean they haven’t taken the original sound and taken it upon themselves to add their own brand of heaviness onto it.
Rex Verminorum is everything a good old school death metal album should be, brutally heavy, insanely fast and incredibly dark, which Escarnium manage to smash every box wide open. The album takes influences from old school death metal such as Cannibal Corpse and Death and adding their own twist in, which makes this some fairly powerful death metal.
With songs such as Self-proclaimed Messiah and His Final march, the lyrics seem to have a fairly religious overtone, but in stereotypical Death Metal fashion, they take an offensive view on religion, which is slightly disappointing as, because so many bands are doing the attack religion style, it is becoming fairly stale and there aren’t many more variations that can be done without repeating themselves.
Overall this band falls into the box of “slightly stereotypical” death metal, and I would like to see more variation in the future. However this doesn’t mean that this is a bad album,. It is just generically fairly bland. I will be looking for some future work however, as I believe that if they can move away from the blandness, they can become a force to be reckoned with.