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Review: ghUSa - 25 Years of Death Metal
25 Years of Death Metal

Label: Great Dane Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 86:14
Tracks: 17
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: June 3, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
25 Years of Death Metal

Rated 2.4/5 (48%) (5 Votes)

As we are all aware by now France has always had a very promising Death Metal scene beginning when bands like Massacra, Loudblast, Mutilator/Mutilated, etc., started invading the rest of the world. How many of us were aware of the band ghUSa that has been around for about 25 years, as the title of their 2015 compilation makes clear?

This double disc affair, 25 Years of Death Metal, has been released in partnership between Great Dane Records, Dooweed Promotions and Sigma Music and contains 17 songs of material from these French Death Metal heroes, nearly two hours of recordings all the way from their early dates to current times. ghUSa's main influences clearly come from old school Death Metal especially the Swedish "Stockholm" scene (Dismember, Entombed, Grave, Unleashed and such). The first disc is all about old school Swedish Death Metal and it's the better of the two. It includes covers of Dismember ("Casket Garden"), Entombed ("Blessed Be") and Grave ("Soulless") and, damn, ghUSa has done justice to the original version of these three songs.

The second disc is a tougher nut to break. I believe all the instruments on this disc have been played Mr. L. Chuck D. himself, including programming the drums. The songs aren't anywhere near as good as on the first disc due mostly to the annoying, robotic drums but they are still on a somewhat tolerable and listenable level. The obvious Swedish Death Metal influences are minimal and at times Death's name pops up due to the guitar sound, though only occasionally. Otherwise ghUSa's career seemed to take a step back and become less professional. The song structures lack coherence, which is understandable.

There is nothing special here so it's easy to skip this disc unless you are a die-hard collector of Death Metal and have some extra money in your pocket.

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