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Review: Lobotomy - Against the Gods/Nailed In Misery
Against the Gods/Nailed In Misery

Label: Thrash Corner Records
Year released: 1995
Duration: 39:30
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: March 19, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

This is a compilation of two early nineties demos by Lobotomy, a Swedish Death Metal band that never quite made it to the big league. Whilst still managing to have a fair cult following, it's mainly down to these demos that they were recognized (as opposed to their lesser three full-length albums that were released between 1995 and 1999).

As with most bands that are generally considered 'also-rans' in the world of Swedish Death Metal, there's a fair bit of 'borrowing' of riffs from the likes of Dismember and Entombed. However, in these tasty demos there's also a hunger that wasn't replicated in their album material which really pushes this up a couple of notches into the realms of praiseworthiness. The excellent Stockholm sound is re-created; the riffs pulse with a similar energy of the classics... but it's just not quite there when held up against the sheer awesomeness of the unholy bands that came through Sunlight studios in the early 90s.

These guys were obviously moving in the right circles during their early days (in fact they had former Nihilist guitarist Leif Cuzner in their ranks at one point, as well as having the three tracks of Nailed in Misery produced by Hypocrisy's Peter Tagtgren, with Masse Broberg of Dark Funeral doing backing vocals). But, unfortunately for them - they seemed not to have quite the same talent and ability as their peers. Good for a quick crushing blast of the old Swedish Death Metal sound, just don't expect to be floored by it.

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