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Review: Worthless - Beaten by Life
Beaten by Life

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 32:21
Tracks: 7
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 26, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Beaten by Life

Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)

The new wave of Finnish Death Metal has been making the rounds for the second time over the past 5 or 6 years and, surprisingly, many of the bands have been noticed by labels that specialize in Death Metal, like Dark Descent Records.

The latest addition to this ever-growing line of murky, eerie-sounding Finnish Death Metal groups is a trio named Worthless, a band that undoubtedly respects the dark roots of the genre. Beaten by Life is Worthless' first official affair and it's a highly enjoyable release that clearly puts them on the list of bands we should follow in the future. In general, Worthless have decided to mix ingredients from Celtic Frost/Triptykon, Nihilist/Entombed and Death Strike/Master in their bubbling, pitch-black cauldron and they have put together a very enjoyable whole.

That said, there's nothing in their sound you haven't heard elsewhere, but when a band delivers ear-burning and pants-shitting stuff like this, that's hardly a flaw. Worthless also have, at times, a nice punky and crusty feel to their dark, filthy and down-tuned Death Metal. "Sunday Sorrow March" is the kind of song that I would like them to churn out more of in the future; heavy as a rotten limb and reeking of Death Metal greatness. The last track, "Derelict," also pleases my ears very much with its Celtic Frost/Triptykon approach.

What kind of a band name is Worthless? In the true meaning of the word, worthless this band is not, very far from it. Something you'll notice very quickly by checking Beaten by Life, guaranteed.

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