|Review: Vital Remains - Dechristianize|
Label: Olympic Recordings
Year released: 2003
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 9, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 4.04/5 (80.8%) (25 Votes)
Although this band has been around since 1989 this is the first chance I have gotten to listen to them. They are quite highly regarded in the death metal community and after listening to this album I can see why.
This is one brutal fuckin’ album from start to finish but if this was all that they showed it wouldn’t have really impressed me as much as it did. It is not only brutally heavy but also has tons of melody added by some really kick ass guitar playing. This is not one of those albums that has blast beats throughout the length of the album (thankfully) but rather mixing the blast beats with some very intense breakdown sections that are not as fast but certainly no less heavy. The album also features the vocals of Glen Benton who most of you will recognize from his work with Deicide. Although he provides some damn good vocals for the death metal style I can’t really say they are any better or worse than any other since growling vocals sound pretty much the same from one album to another. The highlight of the album to me was the simply insane drum work of Dave Suzuki. The blast beats sound more like a drum roll at the speed he plays them and add the fact that this may very well be some of the fastest double bass work I have ever heard and it makes you wonder if the guy has five or six legs. Not only is this man an insane drummer but he also provides the lead guitar work on this album which is my second favorite part of the album. For the most part most death metal bands have rather generic sounding lead work but this album is certainly an exception to the rule. All of this combined makes for a really enjoyable album that actually surprised me with its quality and variety.
Overall this is one of those albums that any fan of the death metal genre will certainly fall all over themselves after they hear it. Even fans of thrash will find this album enjoyable. Normally I don’t like the very brutal death metal style but this album kicks some major ass! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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