|Review: Drawn and Quartered - Return of the Black Death|
|Return of the Black Death|
Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2004
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 3, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
for:Return of the Black Death
Rated 3.73/5 (74.55%) (11 Votes)
Ok, there's no prize on offer for guessing the style of music from the band's moniker here – death metal at its most superlatively decadent. I've heard nothing but good things about these American deathsters since their 2003 release 'Extermination Revelry', with this album being their third release on the fantastic satanic stronghold that is Moribund Cult Records.
Whilst not being quite as brutal as I'd initially imagined they'd be (they don't quite reach the methodical churn of say, Brodequin), they still kick out a pretty damn heavy clinical rumble of high-speed death metal. Coming across like a cross between Cannibal Corpse and Immolation (with the vocals sounding so much like Ross Dolan of the latter it's uncanny), this is a massively destructive and evil ensconced album which really draws you in and permeates your head like an infection. It embraces all the components of death metal (ultra fast riffing, guttural roars, and blasting drums), while integrating shards of bristly black metal and warped doomy passages (particularly in the song 'As Idols Fall') seamlessly into their already immense sound without straying far from their heavy set death metal foundations.
They have evidently worked hard on enhancing their reputation in the scene, proof of which is shown in their infectious, almost euphoric melody lines and lead work, helping the band to outshine the usual death metal drone. With dissonant riffs the size of Greenland greeting your ears at ludicrous speeds, it makes you realize quite how appropriate the title of the album actually is in comparison to the music they create, there is a definite feeling of diseased-ridden saturating unwholesomeness about the whole sound; so much so that you may possibly feel the need to decontaminate your speakers subsequent to each listen.
This is an album that is highly worthy of praise, simply for its overall aura of filthy evil which really manages to evoke an emotional response from the listener, and a band who wholeheartedly deserve a lot more consideration and plaudits than they currently receive. A valuable addition to the world of metal as a whole
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