Hey there kids, it's the Asian Invasion here. This time I'm reviewing some true to form death metal, just they way I like it.
Massacre are a long time death metal band. They go all the way back to the early days of the infamous Florida death metal scene. Them, along with Death, broke so many barriers back in the day.
Eventually 1991 came around and they were finally able to record their significant debut entitled From Beyond.
Although it missed it's time to make a huge impact, unlike Death's Leprosy, it still was a no non-sense killer death metal album.
After a promising EP released in 2012, Massacre is back with a vengeance with Rick Rozz and Terry Butler in tow.
Back From Beyond is their newest record and it seems to me to be a proper successor to 91's From Beyond. The true opener "As We Wait To Die," serves a nostalgic look into the old school late 80's death scene. The song structures and riffs are heavy as hell and would make the dearly departed Chuck Schuldiner proud.
Edwin Web handles vocal duties and he does original Massacre vocalist Kam Lee justice. Kam is credited with inventing the death growl and Edwin does a very nice job on this release, sometimes even sounding like Kam himself.
"Ascension of The Deceased" and "Darkness Fell" are particular favorites of mine as Rick Rozz's hammering on the strings and whammy insanity stay true to the death metal form. The frenzy during the solos are great as well and Rozz is a huge high point for me on this album.
Overall, this release fits into the chronology of Massacre quite well and I'll be headbanging to it for a while!
April 1, go get it!
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