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Review: Sterbhaus - New Level of Malevolence
New Level of Malevolence

Label: Black Lodge Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 46:16
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: August 14, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
New Level of Malevolence

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

Sterbhaus, from Stockholm, Sweden, formed back in 2007 and could already be considered an experienced unit. In 2013 they did two tours with Vader and Melechesh and another tour with Shining plus they’ve secured slots on some well-known European festivals. The experience is there and it shines through on their second album New Level of Malevolence.

Sterbhaus power their aggressive sound with a mixture of Thrash and Death Metal spiced with some tiny hints of Black and Heavy Metal. It’s also a mix of both something modern and something old in the same package and these Swedes have done a respectable job of finding a balance of both worlds. One of the first things a fan with more extreme Metal tastes obviously pays immediate attention to is the mean, angst-filled vocal delivery of Marcus Hammarström who sounds like a deranged version of Steve "Zetro" Souza from Exodus. Try to imagine Souza’s vocals filtered through some Black Metal snarls, shrieks and other more frightening shit and there you have it. Some of the guitar work on this record leans in Exodus’ direction though a host of other band references can be made. The well-known melo-Death Metal scene is not a complete stranger to Sterbhaus nor is the use of hilarious "humppa" rhythms, as on the title track "New Level of Malevolence". Both guitarists Simon and Jimmy know how to fuckin’ shred and that’s important for a band like Sterbhaus that loves to let you know you are in for some serious business. Sterbhaus also deserves honorary mention for their uniquely humorous song titles like "Necrostabbing the Corpsefinder," "Bloodbarf" and "Crossed and Pissed and Devoured." Extreme Metal doesn’t always need to be deadly serious.

New Level of Malevolence was a very positive listening experience as I had no expectations. It surprised me and made me want to go back and check out their debut album Angels for Breakfast... and God for Lunch next.

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