Album Review: Reptilian Death – The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence (2013)


Sahil Makhija told me to publish this review on or after the tenth of May, and I received my copy of the album on the 5th. Today is the 17th, which has given me more than enough time to spend with the album before writing this. I don’t think I want to spend any more time with, honestly.

But before I get into reviewing the new Reptilian Death, I think I’d be better off putting all my cards on the table. I am not a fan of The Demonstealer. I’m not a fan of Demonic Resurrection. I’m not a fan of Workshop or Hellwind and I’ve never been a fan of Reptilian Death, either. I could go on in more explicit terms, but I don’t want to pull another Cain Pinto on everyone’s ass, if there are still people around who remember what that guy did. And yet, it should be said that all of Sahil Makhija’s music till date has been afflicted with a mediocrity that only gets worse with each new release, transmitting also to every new band he forms. The last Workshop album was worse than the first Workshop album. The third DR album was worse than the second DR album. And Reptilian Death hasn’t redeemed itself from that old ‘5 Easy Ways to Murder Someone’ with the “amazing new release” that is The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence. Also, I wonder if it’s just me or does that title sound more pretentious than is reasonable?

Reptilian Death – The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence [2013] album coverThe Demonstealer’s last release was Made Love to the Dragon, Workshop’s sophomore effort. Thankfully now, Makhija puts the brakes on his largely unfunny ‘comedy metal’ routine and instead rolls out Reptilian Death, his death metal vehicle of 11 years; or at least he intended for it to be death metal. But it’s not. At least not at a level that hits me right in the guts and makes me jerk my neck like a badass mofo. Like how Workshop was supposed to be really funny but isn’t, Reptilian Death doesn’t have nearly as much muscle as a death metal band necessarily should. The ‘listenability’ is consequently upped, sure, but largely at cost of what makes death metal listenable to those who listen to it seriously.

“Inchoate” is the title of the second track on TDOCAE. “Inchoate” means something that is tentative, not fully formed, undeveloped, foetal, embryonic. “Inchoate” is the appropriate adjective to describe the how this album sounds. Perhaps it’s because Reptilian Death has never quite been at the absolute fore of Makhija’s musical output, or that it’s not quite a band in the sense that Makhija’s other bands are bands, but an “inchoate” album isn’t what one expects from someone who’s been writing music for fucking ages, and the extended superstar line-up that now comprises the live format of Reptilian Death all just seems like a bunch of hype that the album doesn’t live up to.

Listening to The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence is like playing a game in which you’re constantly trying to figure out what band Reptilian Death sound like. But Reptilian Death doesn’t sound like anything, mainly because they don’t even sound like themselves. The Demonstealer may be the most recognized face in “the Indian metal scene”, but he isn’t the most recognized sound.

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11 Responses to “Album Review: Reptilian Death – The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence (2013)”

  1. 1 The Defender of Truth n Justice
    May 17, 2013 at 20:54

    what did cain pinto do?


  2. 2 Amol
    May 18, 2013 at 04:43

    Mr Prayag, you’re a good writer but a terrible reviewer if this one is any thing to go by. i’m starting to feel immature “reviewers” like you should be receiving copies of albums with no trace of identity of the musicians involved. keep your personal shit and issues out of reviews. review the album not the fucking musician.


  3. 3 Badumtiss
    May 18, 2013 at 08:07

    Straight to the point. Well written.
    I havent really been a fan of Prayag’s interviews but this one did the trick.
    Gutsy to be precise, the article felt like it was written by Mehta himself. Not that it’s ripping off his style, it just elucidates on the right things in the right ways.
    Keep em coming.


  4. May 18, 2013 at 13:56

    Hey asshole, diss the Demonstealer again and we’ll make 69 pieces out of you before you can recite the alphabet till B. If you don’t wanna support the scene, don’t be in it. INDIAN METAL FOREVER!


  5. May 18, 2013 at 15:58

    Hey Mr. Scene Person,
    demonstealer is a shit stain on the doorknob of a public lavatory; nobody knows how he got up there, but I sympathise with any asshole that rises so high above the shitter, which is the INDIAN METAL SCENE, as to leave a mark on his way in.


  6. 6 vishal
    May 25, 2013 at 18:23

    Should have elaborated more on the other songs as well. Anyway , nice review.


  7. 7 AD
    May 28, 2013 at 09:38

    Well well, can that be even categorized as a review? I came goggling to this page expecting a review and all I got to read was your opinion on Demonstealer! I agree with one of the comments above that a person undergoing adolescence should not be given heavy duty tasks like writing a review. Its not them, its the hormone talking. Off-late, they are coming out in hordes spitting thrash online everywhere. Sad scene!

    Regarding the album, just received my copy today. I don’t have much expectation to be honest, hope it proves me wrong.


  8. May 29, 2013 at 07:00

    Where is the album review? Wrong title but very entertaining.


  9. 10 Anonymous
    September 29, 2013 at 07:43

    Kickass review man.


  10. 11 Anonymous
    January 21, 2014 at 05:12

    Workshop sucks for sure, okay DR sucks too. Okay wait RD sucks tooo!!! Anybody who supports these stains should get a reality check.


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