Released: 2004, Black Lodge
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
VIOLADEAD is the sophomore release from Sweden’s Construcdead and with new vocalist Peter Tuthill taking over from Jonas Sandberg, the band seems to have hit their stride. The melodic death/thrash combination made popular by The Haunted, Carnal Forge, etc. is in full effect, but Construcdead also brings in elements of modern rock, as well. With production handled by Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers, it shouldn’t be a surprise that VIOLADEAD sounds much like Soilwork, but without all the keyboards. The songs are catchy as hell with tons of melody and some clean vocals utilized in the choruses.
“Pinhook” gets things rolling with a speedy pace and excellent vocals from Tuthill. “Rise” and “Hate” will give The Haunted a run for their money for sheer aggression. “Bricks,” “Wounded” and “Bitter End” use some clean vocals to excellent effect in their choruses and the hooks are unforgettable. Speed and Henry from Soilwork even make an appearance on “Bitter End.” “Re-Arrange” sounds like something Machine Head would do with it’s slightly downtuned guitar, sharp riff, punishing drums and barked vocals.
Though bassist Joakim Harju recently announced his departure from the band to concentrate on his other band, Face Down featuring Construcdead drummer Erik Thyselius and former The Haunted screamer, Marco Aro, the band seems to be soldiering on and are currently recruiting for his replacement. It’s a good thing, too, because to end what seems to be a promising career at this point would be a real shame. VIOLADEAD is one of the best underground records I have heard come out of Sweden in some time and fans of The Haunted and Soilwork would be wise to check it out.
KILLER KUTS: “Pinhook,” “Bricks,” “Hate,” “Wounded,” “Bitter End”