Released: 2010, Diabolical Conquest Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
The Dead – this pretty disturbed and avantgard-ish sounding Death/Doom/Black Metal act from Down Under - released their 2nd studio album, titled RITUAL EXECUTIONS, in 2009 in a limited run of 100 copies only. Could any other band keep their music more underground than this, hah!
Now RITUAL EXECUTIONS has been re-released again by Indian label Diabolical Conquest Records in a much higher quantity (thank Satan and the other horned little devils for that) – and I am glad that this has happened. Namely RITUAL EXECUTIONS contains some of the most disturbed yet impressive and unorthodox material coming from Australian shores for a little while. To describe properly the band´s musical bicep that pumps twisted blood into the songs on this release, I would probably suggest people melt Incantation´s rawness and heaviness with some more creeping and sludgier parts of Hellhammer in their minds – added with a dose of primitive and chaotic, über-kvlt Norwegian Black Metal – and then putting it all through some bizarre painting of Picasso in order to get some sort of avantgarde-ish touch attached to it. In other words, RITUAL EXECUTIONS contains some really disturbing and bizarre material all in all, and it really needs to be heard to be believed.
This album pretty much leaves its listener for gasping for air; so breath taking and ultimately so hard an experience it does offer content-wise, ripping everyone´s face off slowly but so treacherously. Mike Yee´s gut-deep death grunts are some of the most amazing ones I´ve heard for a long time – and I simply cannot help admiring the guitar´s very crisp, down-tuned tone on this record. The whole musical atmosphere that they have succeeded in creating around the content of this record, is really oppressive and disturbing, in a good way. The album works out like a brimstone-filled pathway to your worst nightmares where there is no return from. Even the last, over 10-minute instrumental song, oddly titled “Death Metal Suicide”, reeks of some guilty pleasures that only a few dare to share with them without feeling depressed and thinking of cutting his/her wrists unconsciously.
So, are you ready for some ritual executions, The Dead being your host exclusively? If so, then just go for it…