|Review: Panzerchrist - Room Service|
Label: Mighty Music
Year released: 2003
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: July 12, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
This is Panzerchrist's fourth album. I'd never heard anything that they've done previously but by the sound of this, I'd say that they are big fans of Immolation. That's because their brand of technical Death Metal is very similar to what the Americans have always been doing. The difference is that they aren't quite as brutal or heavy and their lyrical themes are war, death and violence as opposed to anti-religion. In addition, this band has keyboards, however the band doesn't make the mistake of having too much room for the instrument and it only provides atmosphere, to good effect.
Room Service is composed of ten songs of capable, competent Death Metal but played at a mid pace. Aside from the excellent drumming there isn't any element of hyper spee, so the band go for the heaviness route here. I cannot say if this was the best way to go since all the songs (aside from the Metal Church cover) sound very similar. Maybe it was the extreme guttural vocals, the muddy guitar sound or the song structure but I always felt like I just listened to the same song over and over. There are some highlights here like "Suicide", the aforementioned "Metal Church" and the closer "Evil" but those are few.
Like every other band of the genre, Panzerchrist has very good musicians. No complaints about their ability but with the inconsistent songwriting I felt that most of the record was a wasted opportunity. Production-wise, I wish that it had a clearer sound but it gets to the point without overlaying it. But because of the lack of direction that the songs have, it keeps this album from being a top of the technical Death Metal albums out there.
I have read from people who stated that this is the best Death Metal album of all time. Obviously, that is an exaggeration but it will appeal to fans of technical Death Metal. Room Service is a merely good album, nothing else nothing more. If you are a fan of Immolation, Suffocation and those kinds of bands then by all means get this. But if you only have a passing interest in the genre then approach this with caution as this type of metal can get old very quickly.
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