It's undoubtely a good period for death metal, no matter
if USA- or Europe-styled, with a remarkable increase both as to number
of bands truly into this style and, especially, to the quality of the
latest releases; and this fourth full-length from Stockholm's mephistophelic
act - their best ever - is a further confirmation; supported by an adequate
recording at the legendary Sunlight Studios with the trustworthy Tomas
Skogsberg, the opener "Taste of Black", "Act
of Rebellion" and "Roots of Heldrasill""
in particular are halfway between early Entombed, Dismember and Unleashed,
yet there're so many personal inputs that make the songs incredibly
devastating and never boring. "Dreams Shall Flesh"
displays a not too fast pace, though it will capture all your attention,
make you bend with an inclination of 90 degrees, and finally force open
your 'most precious ring' (read your anus entrance) with no mercy at
the end of the song. We're in front of a mature satanic, well played
and arranged death metal (not black/death!), the way I'd not heard for
a long time (it seems to me to be a teenager again and re-live the wonderful
years between '86 and '92...), dished with a wide range of different
extreme fierce vocals, also leaving place for melodic arpeggios, like
in "Mourningsoul". Moreover, not to be forgotten the
MARVELLOUS tomb bridge one meets within "Cult of Blood",
followed by an acceleration based on a quite inspired solo, maybe second
only to the ones in "Hellfire", at some seconds even
reminding some passages of the 80's Maiden! "Blood Anthem"
emerges thanks to the original vocals, still aggressive, but various
and used with intelligence and wish to experiment new territories.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 08/04/02