|Review: Interment - Life Here After|
|Life Here After|
Label: Necroharmonic Productions
Year released: 2016
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: February 4, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Life Here After
Interment, from Finland, was a relatively short-lived Death Metal trio that just existed from 1989 to 1992 when the underground Death Metal scene, i.e. the first wave of Finnish Death Metal, was blooming. The period from the late-80s to the mid-90s saw bands like Xysma, Funebre, Disgrace, Sentenced, Demigod, Purtenance (Avulsion), Convulse, Demilich and many others crawling out of their small cellars.
Interment was a product of those days, featuring ex-Funebre guitarist Samppa Haapio on guitar. Musically, the band decided to follow the same formula that was already typical of many other Finnish Death Metal bands: keep it simple, brutal and heavy and you are in favorable waters. Interment officially released just one three-track demo, titled Life Here After, in 1989, which sort of became an underground semi-classic Death Metal demo after many years (also released on Comeback Records in 1990 as a 7"). Fast-paced Death Metal with almost Antti Boman of Demilich-quality deep grunts was what you got on the band's only official demo. This wasn't one of my favorite Finnish Death Metal demos when it was released as it lacked a thing or two in quality. However, Interment's unpublished "rehearsal demo", containing three songs plus an outro, which can be found this disc, was much better. Interment was clearly on its way to finding their own identity, music-wise; this more Death 'n Roll style reminding me of some of their country mates such as Paraxism and Lubricant. Their technical and songwriting skills had also developed a couple of milestones, and it's a pity they never got their later era stuff released with a better production. I believe this band could have been capable of writing some extra pages for the history of Finnish underground extreme Metal if the real opportunity had been there for them. Unfortunately, that wasn't mean to be.
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