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Review: Festerday - Iihtallan

Label: Season of Mist
Year released: 2019
Duration: 50:26
Tracks: 16
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: March 8, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

Woo-hoo ... this is some sweet and pleasing ear-torturing, heavy shit!! Finland's old-school death metal stalwarts, Festerday, formed in 1989 and breaking up in 1992, left its ugly scar on the Finnish soil during those three years. In 2013, after rotting in its dark grave for 21 years, this old shredding corpse started showing some signs of life again.

Fast forward, it's 2019 and who would have guessed it, but these Finnish death metal pioneers got, let me say finally, their debut album released on French Season of Mist. Iihtallan (read the interview with vocalist Kena Strömsholm here to find out what the album title means) was chosen as the name for their album, and it truly is HEAVY as fuck!!

These Finns rely on the old death metal recipe that was heavily in use in the nineties. The band's primary influences come from the Stockholm sound of death metal: Entombed, Carnage, Dismember, etc., with the addition of Carcass' goriness, Bolt Thrower's all mangling heaviness as well as Ohio's Necrophagia's twist for all things horror—and gore, of course. So, as much as this album offers absolutely nothing new, it still manages to go under a listener's (dead) skin, proving that glorifying the old days isn't necessarily a bad thing. The Festerday camp has chosen their weapons well enough; the album sounds like it could have been recorded some 30 years ago. Having said that, it's the weekend now, so you'd better grab yourself a cold beer (or two, or even more), put Iihtallan on, and prepare your neck muscles for the next 50+ minutes of intense headbanging and neck injuries.

This album rips, shreds and mangles you over like a herd of mad bulls going on a rampage.

More about Festerday...
Review: ...The Four Stages of Decomposition... (reviewed by MetalMike)
Interview with vocalist Kena Strömsholm on February 22, 2019 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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