PLEROM’S GATE – Pass the Gate of Pleroma
Let us rejoice, for lo and behold we have another Polish death metal band. It is very important to me, as a Polish born American to hear about and promote metal bands in Poland, ESPECIALLY those offensive to Catholic Church. Presently, this foul institution responsible for numerous atrocities in history, suppression of science and human development, rape and molestation of children, spreading of AIDS in Africa (don’t use condoms, beloved), sheltering the worst Nazi WWII criminals, to name just A FEW crimes against humanity, is now responsible for progressive theocracizing of my old country. Therefore, the more “blasphemy”, the more Behemoths, Vaders, etc. the merrier. It is high time that Polish people shake off this dangerous superstition, a man-made cult posing as a legitimate spiritual authority.
I have mentioned Behemoth and Vader not accidentally. Though this short (5 songs) EP is symphonic death owing as much to Nile as to Morbid Angel, the two Polish leading death metal bands are of great influence on Plerom’s songwriting. The scope and ambition of these compositions allows trust that these guys could be BIG.
The sound is great, close to perfect, just fix those tinker-toy drums. In my opinion, they are already better than Vader, but, of course, still trailing Behemoth. That, however, may soon change, if the last on the album (?) "Rise to Glory", either Bathory’s cover or a song written by Gate in honor of Quorthon Seth, the late Bathory’s founder and main member, is any indication for the future. Rise is full of melodic harmony without sacrificing anything in brutality and is, judging from this EP, Plerom’s best song to date.
You will develop your own opinion of this band, of course. While not revelatory and echoing recent (rightful) fascination with Nile, with Pass the Gate of Pleroma, Plerom’s Gate holds a promise of better things to come. I, for one, can’t wait for the 1st full length. If they can find a label, that is.