Phrenelith - Desolate Endscape LP (Black vinyl)
It seems like my favorite death metal records of the year are starting to become late entries into trends and microgenres that have been around long enough to feel tired and oversaturated. Last year it was Gatecreeper’s moshtastic Swedeath loveletter Sonoran Depravation, and in 2017 it’s shaping up to be Phrenelith’s debut Desolate Endscape. This is caverncore through and through; it sounds like these guys have never heard any music whatsoever beyond Incantation, Disma, and Immolation. Some of the more straightforward, slower riffs like the beginning of the excellent “Deluge of Ashes” bring to mind Gateways era Morbid Angel as well.