Skeletal – Dreadful Life (Death/Trash Metal)


Coming from a Jyväskylä, one of the bigger cities in Finland, you have a band that’s been going for ten years but have waiting until now to release their first full-length album Dreadful Life. Having only changed one member during these ten years you can tell the band is a tight group.

Inspired by classic Death Metal and Thrash Metal bands, from the late 80´s and early 90´s this is nothing short but classic metal that you probably grew up with. It’s dirty speedy death with a lot of trash influences. The vocals put me off a bit since they are so low in volume and seems like he sings quite far from the mic. I do guess however it’s a production thing and they wanted to keep the old gritty sound from the 80’s, which is of course fine but not really for me anymore.

Once I get used to the vocals I can enjoy this album a lot more and they do shred like crazy. They are true to the old school sound and even though I would like to change some in the production it was a nice reminiscence of old times. By that I say if you liked the music way more back in the days than now then you should definitely give Skeletal’s full-length debut Dreadful Life a spin.

Dreadful Life is out February 3rd by Inverse Records.

For fans of: Entombed and Dismember
Favorite song: Leap of Faith

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