Government Denies Knowledge

Release date: January 27th 2006
Label: Massacre Records
Distribution: VME Denmark

Style: Death thrash

Rating: 85/100
Cover artwork: 85/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen

Date: December 31st 2005

What’s in Switzerland apart from cheese, chocolate, Alps , discrete banks and Celtic Frost? Not much, I’d wager, except now there’s also a death thrash combo entitled Requiem.  

In the material I get from both sides of the Atlantic , I sense a definite resurgence back to the sounds of the end of the eighties and the first couple of years of the nineties, both in terms of the style of thrash metal and death metal that blossomed around that period. Requiem is no exception from this. The style lies close to the death thrash you could hear back then, and as such “Government Denies Knowledge” is an accomplished album.  

Widespread use of the double bass drum and ripping riffs secure that you neck muscles automatically get a bit of exercise and the occasional Napalm Death-esque parts offer plenty of extremity.  

According to the enclosed promo material, Requiem have been around since 1997 and have toured their arses off. They clearly haven’t been able to play the really big places, but perhaps the time has come again for bands like Requiem who have stayed true to this style. Things come back, you know.  

Recommended: “Inconsistent Consequences”, “Signal Zero” and “Setting the Score”