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Review: Swallowed - Lunarterial
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Lunarterial

Label: Dark Descent Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 53:25
Tracks: 6
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: December 23, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4.73/5 (94.55%) (11 Votes)
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Here is one of the most anticipated albums in the entire Dark Descent Records catalog, the debut album from Finland's Swallowed, Lunarterial. Swallowed have been spreading their dark sickness since 2007, recording a couple of demos and one EP, and have thus created a mysterious aura around themselves.

Lunaterial is a sickening journey through obscure and frightening, tormented and morbid, very disturbed and totally deranged musical landscapes and it blows away many other extreme Metal releases of today. It's like putting Venom's early demonic live shows, Jeff Hanneman's wicked solos, the song "Black Sabbath," and a fair dose of Death and Black Metal through a blender, with some psychedelia added on top, and you still end up scratching your head trying to figure out what the hell is really happening. I haven't heard anything this extraordinarily disturbed and schizophrenic in a very long time. Lunaterial needs to be heard in order to be believed. It is a pitch-black, hellish piece of art from start to finish. The last song on the record, "Libations," which is divided into 6 separate parts and lasts over 25 frigging minutes, is simply fantastic with all the hallucinatory and nightmarish images that it can conjure.

Viva la grandiose morbidity!

Other related information on the site
Interview with drummer/vocalist Ville Kojonen on September 20, 2014 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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