Review by Tara on August 14, 2016.
Creepsylvania splatter thrash maniacs Ghoul are back with a bloody vengeance on Dungeon Bastards, the band's first full length venture in five years. I've been regularly following Ghoul since receiving copies of their demo tape in 2001 and first full-length We Came For The Dead way back in 2002. Since then, our Creepsylvanian death thrash darlings have released an impressive slab of full lengths, EPs,and splits. Chances are, if you're into the more underground metal and are clueless when it comes to Ghoul, you've probably been living under a rock. A really boring rock at that. But, I digress.
Much like previous releases, Dungeon Bastards is a lot of fun. The silly and gore themed lyrics, catchy riffs, gang shouts;there's quite a bit to love. Those listening to Ghoul for the first time and possibly expecting something a bit more serious and full of anger and angst will be disappointed. Long time fans will be quite pleased. This is the Ghoul album we've been waiting on for awhile and is easily my favorite along side 2003's Maniaxe.
Dungeon Bastards is out now on Tankcrimes Records. And if this review wasn't enough to spark your interest, here's another cool thing to note: copies of Dungeon Bastards come with a swanky board game. The object of the game follows the story of the album, where you as a member of Ghoul must race to Svatopunk Square to blow up the Omicron Bomb. The winner dies. Fun, right?
Grab your copy today from the good people at Tankcrimes and thank me later. If you enjoy metal that is fun as well as excellently executed, Ghoul and Dungeon Bastards are right up your alley.
Stand out tracks: Shred The Dead, Ghoulunatics, Word Is Law
Rating: 9 out of 10