I have never been one to listen to this band because they weren't my cup of tea. Since I have the CD sitting on my lap here, I thought I would give them a spin. I must admit that I was a bit taken by surprise when I heard the title track. I was expecting fast and aggressive Death Metal. What I heard was melodic with gritty vocals.
The lyrics are still dark, but have a message. This one here discusses what it must be like to be in HELL. I could see fans being discouraged by the opening track here. I wasn't expecting this either, but I give them a lot of credit for creating something that's not in their usual formula. "The Warcult" pretty much starts out the same way like the opener: melodic guitar riffs and mid tempo drums, but within a few seconds all hell breaks loose like I would have expected them to. Minor blast beats infect this jam here while the guitars furiously wail on. Complex time changes in the drumming are noticeable here and they are crazy. Henri's vocals drop an octave here, but more of the same melodic Death Metal notes preside.
I think fans of old GOD DETHRONED may be severely disappointed here with the music be more melodic here along with a message, but perhaps the band has matured and want to shake things up here. Like I said, I give them credit for a creating a change of pace here. Those who are in the melodic Death Metal scene like CHILDREN OF BODOM and IN FLAMES may want to give this release a try. (Online June 21, 2003)