Released: 2010, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Corpset (meaning obviously somewhat logically ´Corpses´ in English) is a new Finnish Death Metal act that was originally formed in Oulu in 1998 under the name of Chakra by Jari Kelloniemi (ex-A.R.G.) and Tommi Määttä (ex-Sacred Crucifix). The band made two demos, but unfortunately this lineup was pretty short lived and the guys went separate ways.
Over ten years later in 2009, Corpset was ready for a new beginning with a renewed lineup, spending immense time practicing new songs, and getting ready to enter the studio environment for their ´first kill´, so to speak.
RUINS is the band´s debut 10-track offering which the are currently promoting around for labels, hoping to get it released at the expense of some others´ money but not their own (after spending surely enough for the recording of this album). To me, Corpset does sound actually a band worth your attention if a relatively technical Death Metal – with both an old-school and modern approach in the same package, has just ever appealed to you – later era Death coming to my mind every once in a while, which can never be considered as a bad thing in my opinion. The guitarists have put a fair amount of emphasis on the sound of their – most of the time pleasingly hook-filled guitar riffs and stuff that are crispy and heavy – the way I want them to sound like in the first place. Also, Corpset´s Death Metal seems to flow way easier than Europe´s 2nd longest river Danube through 10 countries. There´s no question that the band has put lots of effort to make their melodic Death Metal something like ears could adopt easily even if there are moments within their songs that quite don´t do the trick that they are supposed to mean to do (not memorable enough sections). Vocalist Antti cannot raise the band on those heights where the band would start ruling the ruins even more. He unfortunately sounds pretty average and just a teeny-weeny monotonous as a vocalist, not impressing yours respectively enough anyway. I myself don´t like most of the backing vocals on this release either that probably try to add a spice of variation into the songs. To me, they only kill some of the songs´ killing value´, which obviously does not belong to one of their plans on their maps.
There´s lots of potential and good ideas within Corpset anyway, and with enough luck on their side, there´s a fair good chance they will win some label´s interest for their side eventually, and get RUINS released officially. Until then, let´s be patient for a while.