The most blasphemous of Dutch hordes have returned with their fifth studio album. Discarded is their blackened root as this is Death Metal bereft of Black Metal mixtures that we've been privileged to listen to for the past 6 years. I must admit, the first time I listened to this album, it was as if it wasn't worthy of another listen and that I couldn't believe one of my favourite bands have put out one boring and forgettable album. But wanting to do a review, I had to force myself to listen and as often as the case may be, it's grown on me. Only a little though. "Into The Lungs Of Hell" lacks many things that have made GOD DETHRONED one of my all-time favourite bands.
It simply lacks the beauty/melody-with-brutality combination that's been a staple to GOD DETHRONED albums of the past (excluding "The Christhunt," of course…I probably won't even listen to that album within the next few years). You know the combination I'm talking about - just listen to the songs "The Grand Grimoire," "Under A Silver Moon," and "Soul Capture 1562." This album is generally slower but heavier than their previous albums. It still has a lot of brutal/blast-beat parts, but the main difference is that many of the songs have longer slow parts that set up blast-beats rather than hellish brutality that sandwich melody.
It used to be mainly violent music with slow and melodic passages inserted, but now, it's slow passages with violence inserted here and there. I find myself wanting to fast-forward through songs in order to get to the blast-beat parts. I simply don't have the patience to listen to those slower songs.
In the past, GOD DETHRONED albums have started with faster and more brutal songs. (Who could forget that intro to "Serpent King" from their "Bloody Blasphemy" album? "Do you believe in Jesus? Yes, I do. Well, you're going to need him! *gun shots*" Or that intro from "Swallow The Spikes" from their "Ravenous" album). This time around, they've gone with a much slower song and no such amusing intro. I just feel like fast-forwarding to about halfway through the song when it starts getting a little bit faster.
"Into The Lungs Of Hell" is definitely not one of their best, but still more enjoyable than most Death Metal albums out there. It's not completely forgettable like I first thought and there are quite a few good riffs that make it worth listening to again and again. The production is still very good as always, the guitars are heavy, the drums are good, and Henri's vocals retain that if-Satan-were-to-sing-he'd-sound-like-this aggression and contempt.
If you're asking yourself whether you should buy this or not…I say you should buy the DigiPak version as it contains a ton of goodies such as live songs and video clips. If the digipack isn't an option, flip a coin. (Online April 30, 2003)