Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Death Metal
Release date: 30 March, 2015
Playing time: 46:00

In the end of the eighties and early nineties this German death metal band was described as the German version of Death. Their music was indeed influenced by that band for a very big part, but somehow the band had something obstinate also.  Part of the line up is the same as on their 'Cursed' and 'Odium' album Harry Busse (guitar) and Sebastian Swart (bass) still from the backbone of the band. I thought that Marc Grewe would still be singing in the band, but after the release of the single "God Is Evil" he left the band and on this new album he is replaced by Disbelief shouter Karsten Jäger. Sotirios Kelekidis (bass) and drummer Marc Reign (ex-Destruction) complete the 'Ungod' line up.

New vocalist Karsten is the ideal follow up of Marc, his grunting sticks perfectly to the music, although his grunts are not as long lasting as Marc used to do on the 'Cursed' and 'Odium' albums. I think that a lot of fans will be pleased that the music sounds like we are used from the band on their first two albums and not as their more experimental album 'Feel Sorry For the Fanatic'. I would recognize the band immediately because of the typical guitar sound of the riffs and the typical Morgoth drumming. It sure has a lot in common with Death in their 'Leprocy' period, but it still sounds different.

The first song has a typical kind of howling Paradise Lost guitar lead in the beginning, but when the tempo speeds up, the resemblances with Death appear. Karsten has indeed a kind of Chuck sound in his voice, but with an own identity. "Voice of Slumber" is one of the many favorites of mine on this album, the rattling drums in combination with the rumbling riffs and the tempo changes make it an interesting song. The same can be said about the midtempo songs like "Snakestate" and "Black Enemy". "Descent Into Hell" is a faster track with some slower tempo changes.

The title track has a slow doomy start and you will wait for a singing part in vein because this is an instrumental track. The next three songs could all have been a part of their first two albums, with both slower and faster parts. The music in a lot of songs have besides the typical Death influences slower parts that remind of old Obituary. Listen for example to the start of the instrumental "The Dark Sleep", which could be a beginning of an Obituary song as well.

A great comeback album for this German death metal band for fans of the early hour and old school death metal addicts.

01. House Of Blood
Voice Of Slumber
Black Enemy
05. Descent Into Hell
6. Ungod
God Is Evil
09. Traitor
10. Prison In Flesh
11. The Dark Sleep

Label: Century Media
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 30 March, 2015
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