PREMIERE: Helslave – “Desecration”


Swedeath with an Italian twist.

Helslave is a crew of Italian dudes with their eyes fixed solely to the North. Formed in 2009, Helslave set out to create sounds that mix melodeath alongside old school Swedish death metal. After a solid first release, An Endless Path, the band has grown tighter and more musically dynamic for Divination, their latest release. We’re stoked to premiere a new track from that EP. “Desecration” is a delight. The track is a HM-2 driven march punctuated by Diego Laino’s utterly savage “BLEH” at 0:28, a slowed-down death metal breakdown, and a buttery smooth melodic guitar solo. I’m getting serious Entombed and At the Gates vibes.

What would happen if more Italians started experimenting with Swedish exports? ABBA but sexy? Ice hockey played on gelato? IKEA meatballs but spicy? Who knows? But Helslave rips. Check it out yourself.

Divination drops June 24 on Black Market Metal Label. Preorder the CD here, check out their Bandcamp here, and then give them a like on Facebook.

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  • Lacertilian

    Don’t think I’ll ever tire of that sound.

    • GoatForest

      I think I may be the only one who cannot listen to a full Swede death album at a time. Not even Left Hand Path. It just doesn’t keep my attention. I’ll go strap myself to the stake…

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Italian swedeath? Sounds bizarre.

    • Jack Bauer

      Sounds pretty fucking good* FTFY

    • How bizarre?

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Italians making Swedish death metal when they’re not from Sweden. They probably are influenced by the greats but wouldn’t it be Italian melodeath with Swedish influences?

        • BobLoblaw

          Cultural appropriation!

        • Italian had some kicking ass melodic death metal, JJD, from different vibes. Disarmonia Mundi and Dark Lunacy comes to mind right now.

          • Barra Endinazzu

            When it comes to Italian melodic death, Black Therapy is definitely worth a mention

          • Need to check this out, thanks for the mention.

          • Barra Endinazzu

            You’re welcome! here’s a link for you

      • ooooh baby

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          it’s making me crazy. Every time I look around

  • Jack Bauer
  • I wanna use a “My name is Helga, I come from Sweden” / Trading Places joke so bad right now.

    Damn this track is gooooood. That tone is savage. It sounds so precise considering the opening picking sound.. interesting.

    Nice !

    • Maybe a little palm muting ??? Sounds too low of tuning to pull off open picking.



      • Premieres >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • M Shadows!


          • BEEF JERKY TIME

          • M Shadows!

            NO!!??? CHICKEN TENDIES TIME!@


          • M Shadows!


          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Yay, you’re back!

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  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    I will certainly be goving this a shot as I’m lost in a Death Metal binge for the moment.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      A death metal binge is a good binge.

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        It is fun to say the least.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Which bands/albums have you been jamming?

          • i’ll give you a hint: BtR is not afraid of himself.

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            Mainly anything involving Martin Van Drunen, but I’ve also branched into classics from Bolt Thrower, Entombed, Obituary, Dismember and Vader. Pretty basic stuff, really.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            If you want me to send you a “Frank White Essential DM” list, feel free to ask!

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            Expect an email!

  • AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Dat solo is grrrrrrreat. Thanks for this premiere, Joe! This really kick ass and I will put these guys on my #LinkNotebook, for sure.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    This sounds pretty damn good. I always claim there aren’t enough exceptional Italian metal bands. There’s Void of Silence and to some extent Electrocution…and that’s basically it.
    Up your game, paesani!

    • themaleshoegaze

      There’s some good Italian Eighties HC/Punk – Negazione, Kina – if that’s for you…

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        I’m not really a big straight up HC/Punk listener – I mostly dig it live, but it’s rare that I listen to an actual album of the stuff. Thanks for the recs tho!

  • *Heckslave

    • Joaquin Stick

      Ok, Sony. (I don’t know if this reference is currently well-known enough to make)

    • Please do not swear on my profile, thanks.

  • This is rly gud stuff™

  • themaleshoegaze

    Swedish meets Italian? Ragu Bolognese made with elk meat?

    [This track is pretty rad.]

  • Iron Tarkus

    Really enjoying this. Been itching for some death metal recently and this certainly scratches that itch. Nice find.

  • Morbidly Obese Angel

    This is pretty killer! Good to hear some swedish style death metal with some actual memorable riffing and songwriting going on. I feel like a lot of retro swede-death bands tend to hide behind their HM-2 pedals without delivering any worthwhile substance.