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God Dethroned - Ravenous (8/10) - Netherlands - 2001

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 39:24
Band homepage: God Dethroned

Tracklist:

  1. Swallow The Spikes
  2. The Poison Apple (Eve & Serpentio In The Garden Of Eden)
  3. Villa Vampiria
  4. Consumed By Darkness
  5. The Mysteries That Make You Bleed
  6. The Iconoclast Deathride
  7. The Crown For The Morbid >mp3
  8. Ravenous
  9. Autumn Equinox
  10. Winter Campaign 2002
  11. Evil Dead
God Dethroned - Ravenous

Frequently it seems that whenever you hear a lot about a Death Metal band, it means they aren't any damn good. I had been hearing about this band a lot and I had never heard anything to really get me excited. But on a friend's recommendation I picked this up and I was really impressed with the quality of this band. This was release number four for these guys and it's a fine album all around.

Musically GOD DETHRONED are not breaking any new ground. They have a pretty standard Death Metal sound here, but they do it well. I like the fact that there is no useless "Intro" track - they just fire up the cool riffage and go. The first three songs are the coolest ones on the disc - except for "Iconoclast Deathride", which has a massively cool riff. But all the songs here are listenable, with some nice Gothenburg-style guitar leads and twin-axe harmonies to keep things from getting too brutal and monotonous. A cool thing about GOD DETHRONED is that they write pretty good lyrics that actually have metre and rhyme, which adds a degree of catchiness to the vocals that a lot of Death bands miss these days.

This is definitely in the melodic Death Metal category, but done with a kind of evil and fury usually reserved for Florida bands. GOD DETHRONED rate high as a second-tier Death Metal band. They don't have the originality of a band like NILE, but they are very good at what they do and any of their releases makes a fine addition to the Death Metal CD collection. (Online November 20, 2003)

Paul Batteiger



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