Released: Febr, Dark Descent Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
If you’re a keen follower of Swedish Death Metal and ever wondered what it may sound like without the melodies but with all its signature aesthetics left in – then you’ve come to the right place with Lie In Ruins’s latest release.
The Finnish Death Metal outfit have returned with second album: TOWARDS DIVINE DEATH. And I can safely proclaim that this is an album which requires a time commitment – and I mean a big one. With the average song length ranging from between 7 and 8 minutes, this is the kind of album you’ll want to reserve for an evening in.
I stress the evening time of day for TOWARDS DIVINE DEATH because it is a droning onslaught of slow yet brutal death metal which will hypnotise you from start to finish. ‘Endless Void’ opens with a crawl of well placed guitars and blast beats which aren’t technical but nowhere near the realms of Slam. By the time ‘Charred Walls’ came on I felt like I was listening to Obituary at a faster tempo and I felt the atmosphere Lie In Ruins created was like having Winterfylleth playing Death Metal.
‘The Jaws of the Wolf’ also made me think of Wolves In The Throne Room because of the ongoing barrage of brutality which created an atmosphere I can only associate with epic/progressive black metal, and that certainly puts this band on a high note. ‘I am the Dark’ added an energetic charge to the tempo and I began to feel comfortably numb with the flowing vocals blended nicely with the hypnotizing guitars and drums.
‘Beneath the surface’ builds a very suspenseful climax by maintaining the atmosphere for its epic length before ending on the 11 minute climax ‘Of Darkness and Blackened Fire.’ Ending your album on a very long-winded piece says that this record is aimed at those who are used to extended progressions in their music. So if you’re a Death Metal fan who isn’t well acquainted with prog rock, always check the song lengths before giving this record a shot.
With all that said and done, I was certainly impressed by this quite original take on Scandinavian Death Metal. It’s brutal but not technical nor slam – if you’re into traditional Death Metal and atmospheric metal then this album will put a smile on your face.
Review by Demitri Levantis