Review by Adam M on April 30, 2019.
Ossuarium performs a style of death metal that has a huge old school influence. The sounds of old Entombed and old Obituary can be heard here in all their glory. The band has that slow burning style that is mid-paced as a tempo and comes across sounding evil to the core. The songs here have that death metal groove to catch a hold of your attention.
The somewhat basement sounding production of the band echoes the new visions of Tomb Mold and I believe this band is equally successful at producing new death metal. Even though it has that edge, the majority of the disc sounds very old school and like it could be part of the late eighties. It’s grimy and has an element of sloppiness that is actually welcome to behold. Since there is a lot of quality death metal these days, it will be hard for Ossuarium to separate themselves from the rest of the acts in the genre at the time. This is the problem with the disc. It is too similar to a lot of other death metal and thus gets lost in the mix sometimes. It is still a very strong record that brings many memorable moments to the table. It is an above mediocre attempt at making a new death metal sound that is largely based on the classics.
Though it might not be overly new sounding, the music is fun and catchy enough to make a proper impact. This gets a moderate to strong recommendation to fans of the genre looking for another slant on the classics and some of the newer stuff available. Though it doesn’t innovate, it takes the best elements from a few bands and splices them together for maximum effect. Living Tomb is a testament to quality death metal and should be checked out by all fans of the genre.
Rating: 7.4 out of 10