(because even a crucified savior needs metal to clear his thoughts)
A full length from each (until the ‘split’ arrives) to whet the appetite…
Country of Origin: Sweden
Next up is Sordid Flesh who again utilize the ‘Gothenburg’, dank catacomb, feel but add to it with elements of crust, grindcore and blackened melody reminiscent in part of Entombed and other infamous acts with a similar style though with enough uniqueness to set it apart from the pack. A searing cover of Ram it Down closes the ep leaving me smiling ear to ear.
Overall an intriguing and well executed mix with bite, groove and a highly addictive nature one can’t help but move to.
This split ep will compliment any death fans collection. The cover’s macabre art will make any veteran of the gore scene smirk in amusement whilst the contents are more than a fantastic introduction to two acts who have a blazing future ahead in and outside of the European death scene.
Country of Origin: The Netherlands
Nothing in the way of ground breaking, genre transforming audio here but Carnage is quite simply quality ‘death’ from start to finish. Recommended for fans of Cannibal Corpse, Unleashed, Sinister (also from Holland) and older Morgoth but has appeal that newer fans should find interesting also.
Country of Origin: USA
In essence, simply put, this is brutally heavy hammer and rock pounding doom with surprisingly melodic passages amidst tracks shrouded in distortion which linger in length, taking the listener on an opus though don’t disappoint.
As vicious and heavy as a showering tornado of steamrollers but yet as intriguing as a back yard full of menacing midgets donned in corpse paint and Emperor tees.
Label: Mighty Music (CD)
Country of Origin: Belgium
This damn near knocked me off my feet it’s so unexpectedly Goddamn good!
Label: Metal Blade Records
Country of Origin: Sweden
The first thing I notice upon hitting play is that Jomsviking has the instant ability to distract me (always a good sign!) with its catchiness, the melody within the riffs and that’s not even mentioning Johan Hegg’s powerful vocal attack (has a style ever fit a musical accompaniment more perfectly than here?).
If only it were easier to write this article I might be able to elaborate more fully upon which tracks I prefer, other discernable influences and anything else that grabs my attention but regrettably the only thing that’s grabbing my attention presently is the album itself. I find it very hard to concentrate when faced with brilliance of this sort, Feind may indeed be right (bastid!). Regardless I’ll endeavor to complete the album to be completely assured of my final judgement.
Admittedly Raise your Horns isn’t affecting me quite as drastically as the way the first third of the album is, it’s not that it’s horrid but rather an (drinking/revelry) anthem of sorts and to be brutally honest they never have been my ‘cup o’ cha’.
I’m detecting an Iron Maiden influence early in the next track within many of the flowing riffs. One might deem One Thousand Burning Arrows the ballad of the album but only because it’s slower in pace, epic in feel, a tad progressive and moodier in tone.
For fear of scribbling upon every damn track in this release I’ll merely state for the record that this is a damn fine album. If I were to pick a favorite track, I’d be hard pressed though I have a soft spot for Vengeance is my Name and ironically (because I’m not really a fan of the genre) it’s speed metal-esque leanings and story like structure. A Dream That Cannot be is a nice change from the norm and breaks the album up nicely by introducing female vocals into the mix. Though I believe First Kill to be the top of my favorites list, a exemplary start to the album and a fantastic track to get you in the storming pillaging state of mind (C’mon Granma just where did you hide those cookies?)