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Review: Ares Kingdom - Return to Dust
Ares Kingdom
Return to Dust

Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions
Year released: 2006
Duration: 42:06
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: February 14, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Return to Dust

Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (21 Votes)

Not often that I get to review music from so close to home, and rarer yet that said music is any good, but this time it's all good. Ares Kingdom are a Death Metal band from Kansas City, and they are flat-out killer. This band has been around for over a decade, but all they have managed for years has been EPs and demos, Return To Dust is their debut full-length album, and it kicks relentless ass.

Ares Kingdom are pretty solidly Death Metal, but they are not of the clickety-click school so prevalent in the US these days. These guys mix in plenty of old-fashioned Thrash and even touches of first-wave Black Metal like Venom or Celtic Frost to arrive at a style so old-school it's refreshing. There's not much in the way of double-bass abuse on here, just heavy, megachuggin' Death/Thrash riffs and a snarling, spitting guitar sound. Vocalist/Bassist Alex Blume has a raw-throated scream that still retains intelligibility, reminding me of past greats like Martin Van Drunen. The production is good but still suitably raw, and the whole sounds like a seething cauldron of wrath.

This is an excellent album for deathheads who are not addicted to grind. Ares Kingdom mix modern Death with melody and a riff-based approach to songwriting to get a punchy, hook-laden album you won't be able to stop listening to. A remarkable debut that I certainly hope leads to a long and successful run for this band. Highly Recommended.

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