Paganizer – Land of Weeping Souls (Death Metal)

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Paganizer was created in 1998 born from the ashes of Terminal Grip, plays classic Swedish death metal and have been producing a ton of EP, split and full-length albums since it’s creation. With that amount of releases it isn’t weird that there has been some varied quality over the years but when Paganizer are on form I consider them one of the best old school death metal acts. Rogga Johansson, the creator, vocalist and also on guitar in the band has to be the most productive member in the death metal community. He has always been the bread and butter for Paganizer and on this album he has some friends joining him since the last full-length release, Kjetil Lynghaug (Echelon, Mordenial, Stass) on guitar and Martin Klasén (ex-Vicious Maggot) on bass. So where does Land of Weeping Souls stand with a new lineup?

Well not much have changed, but that’s alright since I am expecting that classic death metal sound. It’s raw sound is mixed and produced just the right amount to be filthy death but not sounding like a garage demo, as some bands seems to go for and I really dislike. Your Suffering Will Be Legendary starts off the album well with it’s pedal to the metal force but not making too much of an impact on me. It’s with the title track Land of Weeping Souls I really get into headbanging mode and find a track that sticks out. Here the guitars and drums just seems to jell better from the starting tracks and The Insanity Never Stops follows that up great with another solid track. Selfdestructor feels like it’s taken from a book on how to create classic death metal, the whole flow of the song and chorus screams old school. Again it doesn’t stick out but it’s well made by a band that definitely knows the genre by now. As an old school death metal fan this is candy I easily devour but I am sure plenty of people out there will think this isn’t something new nor interesting. If you’re not an old school death metal fan looking for more of that sweet 90’s sound then this isn’t for you.

Death Addicts Posthumous is another track I really liked, takes the vibe Selfdestructor gave me and put in some wickeds solo into it. To follow it up The Buried Undead comes, the best song on the album in my opinion. A pummeling machine of death with great tempo-changes, solos and Rogga on vocals is always a joy to listen to.

Slow start but it gets better over time. Nothing new under the death metal sun but fans of Paganizer knows this is what the band is all about, well made classic death metal. In the bands vast discography I would say Land of Weeping Souls stands somewhere in the middle, solid release with some ups and downs which will please fans of the genre. With Rogga holding the lines you can be sure to expect quality death metal with any lineup. Land of Weeping Souls is what I was expecting and support Paganizer for sticking to it.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/paganizersweden
Label: Transcending Obscurity Records
For fans of: Grave and Dismember
Favorite song: The Buried Undead
Score: 3/5

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Mordenial – The Plague (Melodic Death/Trash Metal)

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Formed in early 2000 the band has had quite the shaky start and it wasn’t until 2015 Mordenial released their debut album Where the Angels Fall. Since then the road has been clear though and The Plague is coming out just two years after the debut with the same line-up. The band has strong ties to one of my favorite old school death metal acts Paganizer as two out of three members are also active with them. With that said Mordenial does not play traditional old school death metal but instead they play a more melodic metal side fused with death and trash. Having more in common with In Flames and At the Gates than Paganizer.

The Plague is a riff friendly album. If you’re a fan of catchy solos and riffs you are sure to get your fill here. With lyrics dealing with the concept of a plague and how people justify terrible acts by pretending to be chosen by a God or Gods they touch on a subject that is very real even today. The opener The Plague doesn’t leave me breathless so to say but I get a few nods in here and there, whereas Daylight is Gone is starting to get me more into the album. It’s not until the fifth track No Empathy I really dig this though. With the slower melodic songs Save You All and especially All Has Vanished following up nicely. However the album never manages to grab my full attention. Sure there are some sweet riffs and solos here and there but it’s not enough for me to appreciate the 44 minutes Mordenial offers. Slow start, a better ending but in the end not what I had hoped for.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Mordenial-524164104262270
Label: Black Lion Records
For fans of: In Flames and At the Gates
Favorite song: All Has Vanished
Score: 2/5

Entrails – World Inferno (Death Metal)

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Ah Entrails, a band I always know what to expect from. Solid old school death metal with crushing riffs. For those of you that don’t know the band has a quite interesting history. Entrails was formed in 1990 but never actually released anything as they were never satisfied with their demo recordings so the band eventually died out. However in 2008 the guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist resurrected the band and in 2010 (20 years after their original formation) Entrails debut album Tales from the Morgue was finally released. Since then the band has been very active and released some killer albums with World Inferno being the bands fifth full-length album.

So how does World Inferno stack against their solid discography of death metal madness? It has to be said Entrails definitely knows how to create death metal by now. Just like their past albums this is a most have for fans of old school death metal. It’s a hard hitting and soul ravaging tank coming at you. Entrails have always had a nack to get those catchy tunes going which you will find yourself singing along to the course already on the opening track World Inferno.

It’s hard to say if this album is better or worse than the rest because, just like with their older albums, this is simply solid. They deliver what you expect of them, nothing more nothing less and they don’t have to with the band being a go to for many death metal fans. World Inferno is an album you will need to grab if you want some riff friendly music that is sure to make you bang your heads. If you’ve liked their past albums you will have a good time with World Inferno as well that’s for sure. Favorite tracks on World Inferno are Condemned to the Grave, Serial Murder (Death Squad), Insane Slaughter and Suffer.

World Inferno is out now through Metal Blade Records.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Entrails666
Label: Metal Blade Records
For fans of: Entombed and Grave
Favorite song: Serial Murder (Death Squad)

Revel in Flesh – Emissary of All Plagues (Death Metal)

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Named after an Entombed song you can probably guess what kind of metal they play and where the influences are from. Yes you guessed it this is old school death metal, the Swedish way. However they sound more like early Entombed than their famous on Death ‘n’ Roll sound. So think bands like Dismember, Entrails, Bloodbath and Grave then you are really close to the Revel in Flesh sound. Revel in Flesh is a German band being in the Cyclone Empire label, a German label known for having been the home to some of death metal genre greats such as Asphyx, Demonical, Evocation, Vomitory, Interment and Paganizer. So you can obviously expect some great death metal incoming.

Emissary of All Plagues is the perfect tribute to the Swedish death metal school. It sounds like being back to the death metal prime 90’s and I am loving every second of it. Revel in Flesh – Emissary of All Plagues doesn’t break any walls but they offer something every metalhead needs. Pure and solid old school death metal, the Swedish way. To make the quality and production really hit that sweet spot Revel in Flesh had Dan Swanö helping out. If that isn’t a quality stamp that he approves and says this is the ultimate SweDeath tribute then I don’t know what is! Grab this album today metalhead and experience old school Swedish death metal again.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Revel-in-Flesh-304228902958414
For fans of: Entrails and Dismember
Favorite song: Fortress of Gloom

Gatecreeper – Sonoran Depravation (Death Metal)

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From the vains of the legendary death metal supremes such as Entombed and Dismember comes American band Gatecreeper with their debut full-length Sonoran Depravation. While being heavy influenced by the old school Swedish death metal sound Gatecreeper manages to keep it fresh and Sonoran Depravation is an album even Entombed would be happy to have in their discography. The album is filled with goovy headbanging material.

What makes Sonoran Depravation stick out is that every song feel different, in a good way. I can listen to this album over and over again and find new favorite tracks each time. Another good thing is they keep it short and sweet, relentless 30 minutes of death metal madness. You don’t really need more do you? Pedal to the metal, going in 120 all the way to the finish is what death metal is all about to me. One or two more songs wouldn’t hurt of course but I rather have a good 30 minutes with high quality than quantity.

This is death metal at it’s finest. Gatecreeper is a nice fresh wind in the death metal genre, yet keeping it old school and will surely bring in some new fans to the genre. A must have album.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gatecreeper
For fans of: Entombed and Dismember
Favorite song: Stronghold