Released: 2009, Deepsend
Reviewer: Alan Gilkeson
A burgeoning Death Metal scene, experienced guys, and American influence, The Cleansing portend the future of a flourishing Death Metal tableau. Entrenched in the stylings of Immolation, Morbid Angel, and even the groove of Six Feet Under, their debut long spinner crackles with brutality, vile imagery, pure hate.
Surely surprising is how these fellas keep it all technical and simple all at once, with some super groovy headbanging riffs, all the while mathematical as Satanic torture. Take a tune like 'Harnessed By The Shadows', writhe with meaty, crunchy, power, still it's precise, wriggling with proficiency. On the contrary, we're not deluged with the over-the-top technicality which sometimes stifles a genre riddled with fans who stand in the back, arms folded, waiting for mistakes.
In spite of all the good things one can say here, let's preface it with the notion that POISONED LEGACY is hardly innovative. In many ways it's a rehashing of what we've all heard before. But like genres from the past... take Jazz for instance, nothing innovative is really happening either, but there's a bunch of folks keeping it alive for the sake of the art itself. With The Cleansing, I believe we have a group of guys dedicated to the art, and they perform it passionately.