|Review: Godless Truth - selfRealization|
Year released: 2002
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 20, 2003
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
Never heard of these guys, so I cannot say if this is a new band or a second or third release or what. Given that this is essentially a demo, with no label, my guess is this is a new act. And from the Czech Republic no less, small world we live in.
This is death metal with a very retro kind of 90’s feel. There’s a dash of Morbid Angel, a little Napalm Death, even a little mid-period Sepultura. All in all a very Earache kind of sound, to the point where I was expecting to see the little "Earache" logo. After several listens I have to conclude that Godless Truth aren’t bad at all, but they aren’t that good either.
There’s nothing wrong with the performances here. The riffing is brutal and precise, the vocals are nice and guttural, and the drumming is really first-class. Production is also top notch, especially for an apparently self-financed recording. I hear plenty of label-supported bands that can’t produce an album that sounds half this good. Even the CD package is pro-looking, with very nice artwork and professional design.
But Godless Truth fall prey to the same drawbacks that bedevil lots of death bands. The music is technically proficient and executed with viciousness and conviction, but the songs lack identity and tend to blend together. All the songs here have lots of different parts: here’s a fast bit, then a groovy bit, now a cool drum fill or roll, and as a whole it is never boring or annoying. But the songs never establish an individual sound or hang together as real songs on their own. The whole CD is heavy and slickly produced, but leaves no taste in your mouth or hook in your brain when it’s over. Godless Truth flash the skills and ability to be a first-rate band, but the songwriting falls unfortunately short of the mark.
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