Now, this is one of those cases where I am to review a release by a band I know has been in circulation for ages, but I just havenít gotten around to actually listening to any of their releases. No skeletons in the closet, no prehistory, no nothing, then. We take it from here.
What I first and foremost hear on German Gravewormís seventh studio release is death metal with plenty of keyboard ornamentation.
Iím not against the use of keyboards in otherwise good-old-fashioned death metal, but it has to be done with care. If you take a song like Hellís Creation, Iím not a big fan of the weight of the keyboards. Itís a tough balance and one that is so extremely subjective. For me itís a tad too dominant.
Apart from that and a snare drum that is too fastly tightened, it is hard to find something to complain about. As I said, this is if anything bombastically arranged death metal with a rocking side (take e.g. Forlorn Hope) with a decent but not divine production.
The song writing is impeccable and efficient, the band is tight and Stefano Fiori has a cool death-thrash voice.
And the cover of The Policeís ĎMessage in a Bottleí is no less than breathtaking as it picks up. Definitely one that is made Gravewormís own. Nice one.