Reviewed: December 2004
Released: 2004, Candlelight
Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP
These retro-death metal super groups (Murder Squad, Bloodbath etc) are getting to be quite common. That is not to say bad, but just a lot of them. God Among Insects is the latest seeing dudes from Vomitory, Dark Funeral and a couple of others combine forces to make a very admirable record. It’s fun in the sense that traditional death metal with gore-inspired lyrics is always a laugh. Absolutely minimalist in every sense, logo, packaging, production, (lyrics especially) these are just nine little blasts of death for a fun, fast angry album. I think these guys could write this in their sleep and it seems more like an excuse to hang out with other people in other bands, drink and make some noise. I can’t really see this going anywhere other than a periodic get together for fun.
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