Released: 2010, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Gorephilia (formerly known as GoretexX) is a relatively new old school Death Metal band from Finland, formed in the late summer of 2006. The band recorded their 7-track so-called live-demo titled RITUAL EXHUMATION (limited to 50 copies only) in 2008 – and 2 years later from that, they have again put their creative ideas together in order to record their 1st 3-track studio demo, carrying the name IN DEATH.
IN DEATH could be considered as a great introduction to this young, murky sounding Death Metal act. Gorephilia takes a slice from the Finnish Death Metal pioneers Abhorrence, a slice from early Sadistic Intent, and even a slice from early Demilich, and the result turns out to be a pretty scary, brutal and eerie sounding package of old school Death Metal that however, probably does not necessarily bring the band straight to the Finnish Death Metal elite, but obviously makes people pay a good amount of attention to them.
There´s nothing original that Gorephilia could offer, but then again, that´s what old school (Finnish) Death Metal fans don´t demand from them either, I guess. If you want your Death Metal old school sounding, you´ve got it. If you want something else, you need to seek it from somewhere else then.
In recent times Finland has produced a magnificent amount of new Death Metal bands that have clearly brought things back to the roots – many of them paying great homage to the past Finnish Death Metal scene, which feels naturally great. Krypts, Stench of Decay, Swallowed, Ascended and Lie in Ruins are only a few examples of this whole Finnish old school Death Metal monster raising its ugly head again – and Gorephilia can now be securely counted in the same pile, in which the most putrid yet most tasteful slime live as far as some new hopes of Finnish old school Death Metal bands are concerned. IN DEATH I trust anyway.