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Review: Macbeth - Gotteskrieger

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 48:25
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 9, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating


Now this is pretty cool. With a name like Macbeth, I was expecting something "artsy" and keyboard-heavy, but this is actually some pretty meaty in-your-face, crunchy Heavy Metal. The band formed back in 1985 in East Germany, but their first full-length only came out in 2006, and Gotteskrieger is their second album.

The vocalist has a rough voice that goes well with the abrasive guitars. His style is a bit monotone, in that he stays pretty much in the same range all the time – no ear-piercing screams here, but even though there isn't much variation, he never sounds boring, just sticking to the melodies all the way through and just "fitting in". The songs are sung in German (in case the track listing didn't give that away already. ;))

Musically this is Heavy Metal with the emphasis on "heavy". These guys pound your eardrums from beginning to end, with a few lighter, more melodic moments scattered here and there all in the right places. Things sometimes border on Thrash without getting there. There are some female vocals (or is that a child's voice – hard to say) on "Maikaefer flieg" that really don't fit though (from an aural standpoint, I assume they fit in the story), tainting an otherwise good song (and as a bonus, the vocals in question are so damned melodious that I can't get them out of my head – shoot me!) Through all the heaviness and the crunchy, razor-sharp guitars (there's some major shredding going on here), Macbeth throw in a lot of melody and a dark, sad and sort of doomy atmosphere that add a couple of layers of complexity – this is not your average straightforward Heavy Metal album, but rather one that takes several listens to digest. A long-term investment. ;) Gotteskrieger is an interesting discovery, the kind of album that makes you want to dig into a band's back catalogue.

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