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Church of the Dead
Vol. 4 - Meet Me in the Tomb
Released: 2014, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
And the hits just keep comin’…
Finland’s Church of the Dead have been on a roll with back to back to back EPs last year, each of which affirmed the group’s affinity and admiration for old school death metal. VOL. 4 – MEET ME IN THE TOMB is the latest entry from the Church, and as expected, grinds like it’s still 1992.
Blending moments of early-Exhumed, Autopsy, and Necrophagia with Scandinavian flavors of Dismember and Nihilist, the Church of the Dead sound is instantly familiar. Not at all attempting to reinvent the wheel with their music, the band is content to celebrate how amazing the wheel already is. Opening track “Bedlam” has a Bathory-esque vibe, while “The Gallows Pole” gallops with D-Beats and thrashier rhythms. “The Reckoning” is a continuation from a track from VOL. 1, and is a dirty, mid-tempo trudger that would make Chris Reifert grin. And “Masturbating on the Grave of Everything” is possibly my favorite song title of the year.
Like its predecessors, VOL. 4 – MEET ME IN THE TOMB is a short and sweet blast of fun, clocking in within the 15 minute mark. If albums like SLAUGHTERCULT and LIKE AN EVERFLOWING STREAM still get regular plays on your stereo, Church of the Dead is a band you’ll want to definitely check out. Unlike what Forrest’s mama said, with Church of the Dead, you DO always know what you’re gonna get, and that’s okay with me. Check out the band’s Facebook page for more info.
2. The Gallows Pole
3. The Reckoning (Abyss Pt.2)
4. Masturbating on the Grave of Everything
Antti Poutanen - Bass
Tommi Makkonen -Drums
Kride Lahti -Guitars
Jukka Pihlajaniemi -Vocals
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