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Review: Execration - Syndicate of Lethargy
Syndicate of Lethargy

Label: Vendlus Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 50:00
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 3, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Syndicate of Lethargy

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

Execration (!) are a Death Metal band hailing from Norway - we don't see all that many of those coming out of that country.  Syndicate of Lethargy doesn't break any new ground as far as the genre is concerned, but it does have some interesting elements.  A good mix of fast and slow, when not very slow and heavy songs make up this album.  These guys have a bit of a Immolation sound going on. A pretty dark, if not downright "evil"-sounding atmosphere can be felt throughout most of the album, lots of very heavy and excruciatingly slow moments with low and deep growls adding to the already crushing effect of the music.

Well done overall, but there are a few inevitable shortcomings.  For one thing, the album feels too long, most likely due to a couple of very long songs that just don't have what it takes, including the last one which has nearly three minutes of useless crap at the end - a very stupid and annoying way of finishing an album that leaves a sour taste in the listener's mouth.  Also, sometimes the slow passages get too repetitive and feel like they've been going on forever.  The band could have shaved nearly 10 minutes for a much better result by just getting rid of  senseless noise at the end of the fifth and last tracks, and by shortening some of the most repetitive passages.  Despite all this, there's some good Death Metal on display here, and as a bonus it's not flooded with blast beats.  Not essential, nor particularly original, but worth checking out for fans of slower, heavier Death Metal.

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