|Review: Reverend Kill - His Blood, Our Victory|
|His Blood, Our Victory|
Label: Apollon Records
Year released: 2009
Originally released in: 2008
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 29, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:His Blood, Our Victory
Reverend Kill play Death Metal with a distinct old-school kick. Not only is their Death Metal of the old-fashioned Swedish variety, echoing the style of bands like Dismember and Amon Amarth; but their music is leavened with a healthy dash of Trad Metal riff sensibility. The combination makes for a heavy, propulsive sound with a lot more personality that Death bands usually manage. Reverend Kill have a definite sound, but they mostly blow it with monotonous songwriting that robs the songs of most of their character. Most of these songs are at the same kind of boring mid pace, and the vocals are a competent but monotone growl that never conveys any emotion or urgency. In fact the same could be said about the whole disc. Despite the good riffing and solid leads on this disc, most of the songs are just not very lively – "666 Conspiracy" is an exception. The production is kind of muffled, and that does a lot to leach energy from the proceedings as well. This album tries to make do with a downtuned, mushy recording job, when this band really needs a sharp in-your-face sound to highlight what is good about them. This is a pretty good album, but it could have easily been a lot better, and I bet these guys fucking kill live.
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