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Review: Avenger - Godless

Label: Deathgasm Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 44:54
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: September 28, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.44/5 (88.89%) (9 Votes)

This was just something I bought because it looked cool, I mean it really pinged the old metal detector hard, so I ordered it and once again my radar was on target, as this third album from the Czech band Avenger is severely awesome.

You know how I keep saying no one else sounds like The Chasm? Well I can't say that anymore, because if I had to compare this band to anyone it would be The Chasm. They aren't quite as sprawling and complex, but they play very cool Death Metal with a lot of parts and time changes, and this undeniable epic, melodic edge that really reminds me of no one else. They open and close their album with awesome, doomy instrumental tracks, and they pack riffs that would make Candlemass jealous. Avenger don't really play fast, though they do that sometimes, and they don't play slow either, they play epic. Drummer/Vocalist Honza Kapak has a dry, raspy tone reminiscent of Nocturnus, and the vocals are mixed into the general mayhem very well, so they aren't gurgling over the cool riffs. The guitar work and drum playing are quite impressive overall, and the arrangements are tight.

Mostly this just plain rules, with some of the best Death Metal I have laid ears on since "The Spell Of Retribution." Avenger have two other albums that I am going to have to track down now, as this CD is just too good to ignore. If you run across this one, grab it, trust me. "Godless" is just awesome.

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