Label: Helldprod Records
Country of Origin: Portugal
All in all, a great album to dive into to explore the top tier of what the thrash revival of the last couple of years has to offer.
Label: Black Lion Records
Country of Origin: France
Style: Pagan/Viking/Folk/Melodic/Black Metal
If like me you wonder what language this album is in (tracks, vocals and all) wonder no more, as they are in Breton (not British unfortunately, the only tongue I’m fluent in!) a language rarely used but for French black metallers (perhaps scholars) apparently. Regardless fear not as this release offers much more than a language you can take time to discover in dusty forgotten texts in a local library. The music herein is surprisingly catchy, deliciously melodic and not at all what one might expect when hearing the moniker ‘black metal’. In fact, the rhythm and melodies here are much closer, in part, to recent audio output provided by none other than Amon Amarth though supplemented with an added atmospheric melancholy edge woven amidst epic themes. Complete this enticing package with a vocal style in more of a blackened vein (there it is!) from Romuald and you have an album that spans many a genre and has the inane ability to appeal to all those with an open mind, a taste for excellent production values and a surprisingly clean sound. Classical passages, track construction and the overall vibe throws me appreciatively back to other diverse ‘black’ standouts that still hold a formidable position in my metal collection, Dissection’s Storm of the Lights Bane as an example.
Stunning melody, epic nature and a mesmerizing soundscape make this an album that cannot be missed. This well may be hailed as one of this year’s best even far from the usual boundaries of what many consider the black metal arena. Easily warrants a replay, another and yet another still. This delivers!!
Label: War Anthem Records
Country of Origin: Spain
Style: Melodic Death/Grindcore/Crust
A well-executed nod to 90’s groove laden death in the vein of Bolt Thrower, Benediction and Napalm though with more than enough of its own attitude to spare. Highly recommended!
Country of Origin: Sweden
Style: Gothenburg Death
Back to the release in question…
Gravebomb have somehow managed to channel the sound (if you don’t know of Entombed or Carnage for that matter you’re most definitely on the wrong site, perhaps even the wrong end of the net altogether) of Left Hand Path era death but then it was mastered in the same location (Sunlight Studios) and by the same engineer, Thomas Skogsberg, so there’s that!
In essence and to keep this review short and to the point (ouch!) Rot in Putrid Filth could well have been the album between Clandestine and Wolverine Blues combining elements of both without the huge jump some consider the gap between the two. Alas it was released some twenty years later and may never find the same cult following. With that in mind however it sports the same pace, catchiness and vocals, it’s as if the spirit of LG Petrov himself is in some way ‘helping out’. But wait LG is still kicking, shredding and destroying Europe touring with Entombed A.D. and I’ve yet to review their newest – Dead Dawn (shame on me!)
Let your hair down, don a denim jacket chock full of patches and indulge yourself in some modern day nostalgia celebrating Gothenberg era death. Pick this one up you won’t regret it in the slightest!