|Review: Anasarca - Survival Mode|
Label: Sevared Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: July 5, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Who would have guessed it, but German Death Metal pioneers Anasarca are back with their fourth full-length studio album, titled Survival Mode. I mean, it's been no less than 13 years since the band's previous album, Dying, landed on the field of Death Metal. Right off the bat it needs to be said that if the old school, nineties Death Metal sound is right up your alley, then look no further: Survival Mode is tailor-made for you. Death Metal was meant to sound brutal, uncompromising, downright heavy, and totally in-yer-face, punishing, etc., without any clean co-singing, without overly fancy, lengthy, and outrageous solo wanking and other shit involved. This is also what these German, may I even say, Death Metal pioneers', latest album is truly all about.
Over nearly 52 minutes, you are getting a full load of the slimiest, most faithful and dedicated Death Metal right against your hotly burning ears that allows you to go back to those times when Death Metal was still Death Metal, reclaiming its position as the heaviest form of music on the fertile and receptive soil in those 'golden days of heavier music.' Musically, Anasacra haven't changed much and have stuck to their old footsteps, just to brutalize us the way they did on all of their other releases. If some musical reference points must be made, imagine an unholy marriage between the sounds of Cannibal Corpse, early Demigod, and some Swedish nostalgic Death Metal mayhem à la Necrophobic. Perhaps even bands like Massacre (FL) should be mentioned because none other than Kam Lee does a guest appearance on the title track. I must also mention Obituary as the guys chose to cover "Godly Beings".
Overall, a very good return to form from the Anasarca mob. Listening to Survival Mode is like walking down memory lane, when you first were hit by albums like The Bleeding by Cannibal Corpse, The Nocturnal Silence by Necrophobic, Slumber of Sullen Eyes by Demigod, and many others.
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