A god damn Death Metal blackjack is what I call the fourth GOD DETHRONED album “Ravenous”. If it was about superhefty, brutal, but still very variable and catchy steel of death, the Dutch always were in the front row. But “Ravenous” puts the combo onto the same step as legends as DEATH and POSSESSED.
So the three desecrators of god and session drummer bash their instruments so mercilessly that you have to think about the wild beginnings of the Death/Thrash Metal. But the guys are very versatile in what they are doing, yes, the guys challenge the devil with their war instruments. Now you might wonder, raw and demanding do not really go together? Yes, they do! GOD DETHRONED merge these two attitudes into a unholy alliance on “Ravenous”.
But they also add damn strong, kitsch-free melody lines and also do not forget to add some slower parts, just to step flat onto the pedal again right after. To point out single songs doesn’t make much sense, you need to enjoy this album as a whole, only this way it will unfold its full effect. Apart from nine own compositions the album also contains two excellent cover songs with “Consumed By Darkness“ and “Evil Dead“, by MACABRE END and DEATH respectively.
Back then I bought this album and SAVATAGE’s damp squib of an album, “Poets And Madmen”, at the same time because of the good price and GOD DETHRONED definitely more than made up for the other lost 20 bucks. (Online September 22, 2004)