Rise to Ruin
Style: Death Metal
Release date: August 3rd 2007

I don’t know if you need more comments than that, but if you do, then I can say that ’Rise to Ruin’ is a powerful successor to Gorefest’s brilliant come-back album ‘La Muerte’ (2005).

It combines all elements that are Gorefest - groove, rock’n’roll, brutal vocals, full-on-pedal-to-the-floor death metal – combined with surprising breaks – and takes everything one step further. A bit harder, a bit bigger, a bit better.

Revolt, the album opener, a seemingly straightforward death metal assault, is interrupted by a weird interlude, Rise To Ruin impresses with cynical brutality, The War On Stupidity is a equally brutal call to arms against humanity’s foolish behaviour, A Question of Terror is a straightforward MEGA-groover, Babylon’s Whores starts out as a full speed ahead, relentless death metal track, but ventures into a crushing break midway, reminiscent of Napalm Death in their groovy moments, and then a gloomy semi-acoustic part, only to swoop us into the break-neck speed death metal again, leading into a mid-tempo groove. A lot of variation here!

Speak When Spoken To crushes along too, with a mid-song tempo shift that is so simple and efficient that you have to love it. A Grim Charade sports more melodic guitars than the rest of the tracks and is mainly kept at mid-tempo, but is of course no less powerful. The death metal assault continues with Murder Brigade, however again with a rocking solo, and The End Of It All concludes the album with a melodic intro of guitar harmonies and then launches a staccato riff attack that is just about as subtle as a steam hammer.

The European Kings of Death Metal right now? Perhaps. This album is definitely worth a buy, that’s for sure!

Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: VME (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 87/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: July 28th 2007
Website: www.gorefest.nl