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Spun In Darkness - Feast of the Undead (6,5/10) - USA - 2010

Genre: Death Metal
Label: H.P.G.D. Productions
Playing time: 54:50
Band homepage: Spun In Darkness

Tracklist:

  1. Feast of the Undead
  2. Black Castle
  3. Mortality Rate
  4. Aftermath
  5. Distorted Birth (Goatlord Cover)
  6. Autopsy Alive
  7. Bloodless
  8. Bonesaw (Live)
  9. Nocturnal (Live)
  10. All Must Die (Live)
  11. Back from the Dead (Live) (Obituary Cover)
Spun In Darkness - Feast of the Undead

This is old-school evil.

 

Former GOATLORD drummer Jeff Nardone continues to plumb the depths of vile, down-tempo Death Metal in part pioneered by his former band.

 

The evil atmosphere created on this album is somewhat diverse. At times it is what one would expect from this style of music – chaotic and cacophonous. Guitar solos are often drowned in the mix by the rhythm, creating a muddle of low and high tones that is dirty and suffocating, having an almost physical, sludgy texture. It is the audio equivalent of a George Romero film; the listener is surrounded by a mass that is repulsive and mindlessly evil. However, the vocals are a grimy yet decipherable style that are frightening in a different way. They come across as being delivered by a narrator who is a corrupted human being who nevertheless remains in control of his reason. In many ways this is more frightening than being menaced by the more feral nature of the other elements of the sound.

 

Albums such as this add fuel to the debate as to whether Death/Doom even exists as its own genre. The only characteristic that this album shares with Doom is tempo. This truly is Death Metal whose only aim is to disgust, and is just played really slow.

 

The biggest flaw here is the inclusion of the four live tracks that close the album. They have a hollow recording quality and are mixed with the vocals way too far forward. The primacy of the vocals here pushes backward the guitar and the bass tones that are the source of the band’s ability to repulse. Given this sacrifice, these tracks seem to have been included more as filler than for any actual artistic purpose.

 

Overall, not bad. Not for everyone, but people who enjoy old-school Death Metal that disturbs and disgusts could certainly do worse than this.

(Online December 21, 2010)

Steve Herrmann



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