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Review: Ghoulunatics - King of the Undead
King of the Undead

Label: Galy Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 44:49
Tracks: 13
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 24, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
King of the Undead

Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)

Another band that I've heard a lot of good things about, yet I had never checked them out. Admittedly, the band's name is not exactly "inviting" and has contributed to keeping me away until now. Seriously, what the hell kind of name is that? Anyway, I've seen worse. :) If I had to describe the band quickly, I'd say they mix a lot of things together, namely Thrash, punk and a little dose of Death Metal. But then again, Ghoulunatics is one of those bands that defy categorization so I won't even try to put them into a specific genre, although they are definitely extreme metal - beyond that, your guess is as good as mine. ;) The music is very heavy, mid to fast tempo, but also sometimes getting a little too close to the frontiers of mallcore (or something close to that anyway) for my taste (fortunately not too much - but please don't do this again.) The vocals lean toward rauchy Thrash metal vocals, mostly clean enough to be easily understandable, and this style fits perfectly with the music played by the band.

I especially like the lyrics of the song "Pernicious Sentence" which addresses a child molester in a... not very nice way. I hail any song that bashes those sick bastards, and this one is about as direct as you can get without actually hurting one physically. :) There's also a song sung in French, "Mélodrame" which adds a little local taste to the album (the band is from the province of Quebec, Canada.). There's an interesting cover of "Suspicious Minds" in the middle of the album, where it really stands out. :) A band I should definitely have checked out earlier, and "King of the Undead" is anything but boring, in fact very entertaining. Recommended.

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