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Review: The Troops of Doom - A Mass to the Grotesque
The Troops of Doom
A Mass to the Grotesque

Label: Alma Mater Records
Year released: 2024
Duration: 51:17
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: May 23, 2024
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4.75/5 (95%) (4 Votes)

Just when I thought I was safe, The Troops of Doom have once again returned to set my village ablaze and slaughter every soul except mine so I could once more spread their message of death and destruction as recorded in their latest full-length, A Mass for the Grotesque. If you've survived their previous campaigns of annihilation, then you know damn well they employ the ancient ways of old Sepultura and Slayer as only the original lead guitarist for the former could, and that's no different here. This time, however, I'd say they lean a little more on the unhinged ferocity of old Slayer, most notable on tracks like "Dawn of Mephisto," "Denied Divinity," and "Imposter King." Further, they even manage to be more epic than thrash of any stripe often bothers with on the 8-minute "Psalm 7:8-God of Bizarre," which manages to vary its tempo and layer its composition without ever holding back the violence and madness inherent to their sound. There really isn't anyone who does this feral, back to basics approach to death/thrash, certainly no one who does it with the kind of expert hand Jairo "Tormentor" Guedz does, and it does my blackened heart good to see him continue his unstoppable war path with his Troops of Doom. A more than worthy follow-up to the debut, and a must-have for practically any metalhead out there.

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