JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS W/C
CANDLEMASS / DEATH, MAGIC, DOOM
The return of Candlemass is always cause for celebration and although I do miss Messiahs vocal style, there is no denying the quality of material on this album; this is Swedish Doom Metal at its best.
If you want to check the validity of the above statement then just play track two “Hammer Of Doom” and you will see why Candlemass have been around for so long and why they are successful, even when they lose such a charismatic character as Messiah, other lesser bands would be and have been knocked back considerably. This track is no fluke either one listen to the epic roominess of “The Bleeding Baroness” will convince you that, only the mighty Black Sabbath in the 70’s could do it better. If your looking for something a little more haunting then “Demon Of The Deep” is what you need, with its simplistic, slower paced start that build into a lumbering giant of a song.
If you like Candlemass then I’m preaching to the converted, if you don’t know of the band but like Sabbath you will like this too, also listen out for; the lengthy “House Of A Thousand Voices”, the shorter, faster paced, commercialism of “Dead Angel” and evocative and commanding “Funeral Dreams”. This is anther fine CD from the guys and it gets the Justin Case seal of approval, as I read in a blog recently, “this is not Epicus Doomicus, Metallicus but it is Epic, Doom Metal.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 48 + 8 EPIC TRACKS
TOTRURE KILLER / SEWERS
This is the latest album from Finnish Death Metal band Torture Killer and if you like Six Feet Under and Cannibal Corpse I know you will love this latest CD, that is just as good as the last one “Swamrm”.
Their last album featured Chris Barnes on lead vocals, which made it an essential buy for me and despite the fact that Chris is not involved in this one the new vocalist Juri Sallinen dose such a fine job that you cant help but warm to the band. The songs are just as dipping with blood and gore as ever, if not even more so, just listen to the sheer quality of songs like “The Rats Can Smell The Murder”, “I Bathe In Their Blood” or “The Art Of Impairment”, full of really great Death Metal riffs, tempered with a some fantastic melodic solos that are brilliantly juxtaposed against the sheer brutality and aggression of the songs.
Trust me on this one, you wont miss Chris’s vocals because Juri is just as good and a better compliment that you cant get, there are only one questions that remain, why is so damned short?
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 29 mins + 8 TRACKS