Putrescent Remains Of The Dead Ground
Review by Alex on April 30, 2018.
I don't know what's in the water in Poland and Finland; whatever it may be, I hope It spreads throughout the world.
Putrescent Remains of The Dead Ground is death metal being played expertly: mid-tempo - mildly high guitar frequencies, fanatic double bass with blasts beats and an exceptional amount of variation in the vocals are all wrapped carefully in a carriage. It has a very rich black metal sound, which is a testimony to their Polish roots; however, it contains just enough to apply the death metal tag. The tremolo picking is present, the guttural growls are there, some snarls are tossed in the cauldron, but it all comes across as black metal with a bit of thrash, black/death drumming, and an old-school production. The combination of blasphemous lyrics, vocal patterns which sound somewhat similar to Aad Kloosterwaard's of Sinister and at times even Antti Boman's of Demilich (which I hope was not computerized during the recording of this album); black metal tremolo picking, death metal style riffs and even a touch of doom metal has resulted in the spawning of a special breed of extreme metal. The production is a significant step up from their 2016 release Sepulchral Psalms from the Abyss of Torment; which I thought sounded very choppy.
It seems as though the Polish wish to have the crown in every branch of extreme metal and with this release they are truly one step closer.
Śliwa (drummer), Lewan (vocals, guitar) and Sabesthor (bass) have gifted us a masterclass album; this is something that should be the epitome of how to mix various elements in extreme metal cohesively. There is so much more I wish to say about Putrescent Remains of the Dead Ground; however, I would much rather let the music speak for itself and give the listener an opportunity to interpret it how he/she sees fit. This is not the kind of album that can be easily put into words; for it to be understood, it has to be experienced. By the way, Kingdom's cover of Immortal's "Blashyrks" is phenomenal, as they added their spices to an already delicious stew, thus making it insatiable.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10