Ahhh, sweet nostalgia, thy name be MURDERPLAN! Ever miss those golden days of Swedish Melodic Death Metal? It does happen to most of us who paid attention to the scene back when it was sprawling with elusive releases of melodic aggression entwined with traditional Heavy Metal influences and extreme vocals, many of them predicted to become future classics. The genre has gone through many facelifts, bringing in modern aesthetics, the mixing of various īcores tags associated with American bands, the clean vocals and so forth...
Formed in 2007, Malmöīs MURDERPLAN do not subscribe to any of the above mentioned approaches to this once exhilarating sound. They mange to sound like itīs 1994 again; primal, aggressive, powerful, heavy, catchy and extremely melodic! For a debut, this is some very good material, (as always with these types of releases, thereīs close to no amount of original songwriting), everything that makes up a good Swedish Melodic Death Metal album is on this disc, nothing more, nothing less.
Thereīs really not much to write. The performances are top notch, the production is crisp (think AMARANīs powerhouse sound on Pristine In Bondage), and as mentioned, the songwriting is kinda by the book; lots of fast melodic riffs, awesome soloing and lead hooks, solid and varied drumming and raspy vocals suspiciously close to Mikael Stanneīs debut performance on Lunar Strain, only this time the lyrical theme is political and socially engaging. Like I said, the writing is in classic Gothenburg style but I feel I need to mention the surprisingly good sense of variation in tempos, fills and numerous bridges in each song, which kinda gives the band their own personal touch.
So yeah, you know the bands: AT THE GATES, DARK TRANQUILLITY, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, CARNAGE, ENTOMBED (a bit of DeathīnīRoll never hurt anybody hehe), DIMENSION ZERO and older, more infamous monickers like CEREMONIAL OATH, SACRILEGE, SEANCE and EUCHARIST, Letīs Roll embodies all of them into a rather enjoyable rollercoaster through the Swedish sound of Death Metal.
(Online August 5, 2008)