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Review: Seance - Awakening of the Gods
Awakening of the Gods

Label: Pulverised Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 36:44
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 24, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Awakening of the Gods

Rated 3.63/5 (72.63%) (19 Votes)

Seance are a Swedish band who have something of a legendary reputation largely due to their last album Saltrubbed Eyes and the fact that they have been broken up for a long time. After all, the aforementioned last album came out sixteen years ago, so this is obviously the result of a reformation. The entire original lineup came back together to record a new album, and as three of the four members have spent the time since playing in Witchery, you can imagine how this is going to sound.

This is very Swedish Death Metal, and not the new wave kind. Blasting riffs, great roaring vocals, and some surprisingly technical leadwork make this an enjoyable spin. This is brutal without being blasty, and melodic without being melodeath by any stretch. There is a certain thrashiness in the riffs that does make me think of Witchery a bit, but Johan Larsson’s vocals are about a hundred times better than Tony Kampner’s awful screeches, so the similarity ends there. I don’t know if I’d class this as legendary, as this is far from a revolutionary album, but it is a visceral and entertaining slab of old-school Death Metal.

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Review: Awakening of the Gods (reviewed by Tony Augsburg)
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