This full length gem, their second, carries on the tradition of old-school death metal, if the audio engineers of the day had today's technology. The music in this album has little to no modern influence minus the mature musicianship, which I admire. The style, described as "death 'n roll", is still what I imagine Entombed has always churned out (admittedly, I am late checking them out). Simplicity is obviously a key in the music, but the band does take advantage of good songwriting as each track is distinct and more interesting than the last. Speed does not seem to be a concern, since the tempos range from semi slow, to moderately fast, to pretty much everything in between.
These four ex-Entombed members carry the fruits of their long careers into this record. Everything from the catchy riffs, to the perfect rhythms, to the deep rasp of the vocals feels like dream back in time. The song titles, which include "The Winner Has Lost" and "Midas in Reverse", are symbolic yet effectively convey despair and anger. The interesting cover art suggests an album full of heavy music, yet very little of the brutality of more contemporary death metal, which is basically what you get here.
Another example of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", much like the latest Exumer album.
My rating: 9.75/10
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