Their monicker shouldn't be that new to the most attentive
Swedish extreme metal freaks, as Grief of Emerald have already released
the rightly appreciated debut "Nightspawn" and the
come-back released in 2000, "Malformed Seed", only
a spit inferior, maybe owing to its groovy and slower approach.
The fire trial of the fatidic 3rd record is overcome better than foreseen,
as one can immediately hear in "Alas, Spiriti Sancti",
a direct musical and lyrical onslaught without any need of an intro
or other frills, preceding "The Almighty Is Rising",
gifted with great squared rhythmic structures and well-thought keyboards
as a background, like all of the songs here included, but in a plainer
"Raped by the Servant of God", "Scum of the
Earth" and The Cause" are black/death-based not
far from some Dissection's material, as to the riffs and the way they're
entwined with the ivory keys, while the title-track sounds similar to
the early Iron Maiden (!, I swear!), to grow powerfully corrosive, also
thanx to some well chosen growls, and, especially, a WONDERFULLY DINAMIC
AND MASSIVE bridge saying, or rather giving the following commands:
"Cut Their Throats One
by One - Christian Termination Has Begun"; so fucking
cool, innit? And as tho' it weren't enough we also face epic vocals
and some parts that would make Theory in Practice's cocks, er, ears
happy. In a word: masterpiece.
Pretty calm starts "Deformed Imaginations" , then it
goes on different, yet still 'controlled' and at the same time very
Us death metal-oriented, by a few crushing riffs and sounds used, just
before some menacious vocals and eventually come back to the main patterns.
"Consumed by Fire" plunges the knife into the sore
displaying ultra-blaspheme lyrix which couldn't humanly offend, bother
or make sad the Vatican or most of the Christian believers (and this
is OK, but why not attack other/all religions as well? They have done
mistakes and damages, too!/note of the reviewer).
"Those Who Bear the Mark" possesses very black metal
riffs and vocals, some stops and goes and is a further confirmation
of 2 remarkable issues:
1) G.O.E. are pissed beyond measure.
2) Their keyboardman Robert Bengtsson knows how to do his job properly
inside a fast and powerful frame of downtuned guitars without exceeding
and contemporarily showing ideas deign of attention, and not just doing
the very classic homework without a creative impulse. He is also the
producer of this 10-track record and, believe me cos it's not stupid
cowcrap rhetoric, the result proves to be stunning; he doesn't have
to envy anything to the more esteemed and famous, say, Colin Richardson
or Andy Sneap, besides their more expensive technologies.
"Humanity's Fall" is the ending track and also my fave
track, a mercyless mix between Dark Tranquillity's and Morbid Angel's
best elements, intentionally written to dispatch the last Christians
If these Swedish guys add better guitar solos and don't split up for
some unlucky reason, their name shall be carved in the Olympus of (Swedish)
extreme metal, in the meantime I suggest you "Christian Termination",
for it's a pleasing album you can listen to again and again; even after
some time you'll feel that special lust to play it again that only premiere
league records have within. Easy but not boring, blaspheme, with a cool
artwork, now please answer me: WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT MORE?
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 18/05/02