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Review: Worthless - Melancholic Rites
Melancholic Rites

Label: Independent
Year released: 2020
Duration: 35:44
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: December 8, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Melancholic Rites

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)

Melancholic Rites is the second album from Finnish duo Worthless, who've been stalwarts of the big wave of new Finnish Death Metal acts since their demo Beaten by Life. There's no big changes to their sound to be found on here, which is basically a mix of Punk-fueled Death Metal and the unrelenting heaviness of Celtic Frost, but when you have a winning formula that no one else does better, why fix what's not broken? You get everything from catchy skull crushers like opener "Carnival of Sin" and "Lunatic", punky numbers like "Seeds of Degeneration" and "Choreomania", and sinister tracks like the eerie, experimental album closer "The Last Exit" and the doomy, Frost-esque showstopper "Melancholia Metamorphosis", and they're all exercises in dark, dramatic, absolutely pitiless Death Metal that would make Tom G. Warrior proud. Fans of the band can get this sight unseen, and anyone looking for Death Metal that's as primordial as it is novel needs to check this band out.

Other related information on the site
Review: Beaten by Life (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Review: Grim Catharsis (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with guitarist and vocalist Toni Pekkala on November 15, 2020 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Toni on October 1, 2014 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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