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Review: Internecine - The Book Of Lambs
The Book Of Lambs

Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 33:47
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: December 27, 2002
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
Readers Rating
The Book Of Lambs

Rated 3.55/5 (70.91%) (11 Votes)

The great name of Morbid Angel has spawned yet another hard-hitting death metal band in Internecine.

By no means an exercise in originality or experimentation, The Book of Lambs is just plain and simple American-made brutal death metal. Superbly executed by Jared Anderson, who takes on not only bass duties as usual and standard death vox, but also pulls off a tremendous guitar performance, which is sure to take listeners by surprise. Despite Hate Eternal band-mate Erik Rutan’s presence on the album (producer and guest-soloist), and drumming by Tony Laureno (Nile) and Derek Roddy (also of Hate Eternal), this is Jared Anderson’s vision and voice.

The music is pretty straightforward: fast and heavy as hell, filled with complex technicality and time-changes, and maddening drum-work; Overall, it is a refreshing addition to the scene. This is what Gateways to Annihilation should have sounded like.

Internecine stays true to a tried-and tested formula for creating stellar (and successful) death metal songs using various styles associated with the genre. From the crunchy guitar work and solo-drumming of Hallowed Guidance, to the all out assault of the closing track The Calling of The Hordes, this album has everything a death metal fan could ask for…but probably already has.

The Book of Lambs is very good at what it does, but be warned that it is painfully interchangeable within the discographies of countless other bands.

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