Review by JD on October 6, 2009.
Death Metal rears its head again like Godzilla rising from the ashes of hell, and takes a bite out of me. I have been hearing so many really good Death bands lately... will the Spain-based Ered keep up with the trend of sheer awesomeness, or will it crash into a ten foot thick concrete wall? Onward we go...
What strikes me first is the acridness of Etreum’s (Vocalist) tone. Each and every growled and spat word hits you like a two ton mallet to the forehead which makes you take notice... yet sends you into that dark world that every word takes you to. With such a vocal talent on board, it is then that the music comes into better focus. That sonic explosion shows the ultimate paradox that most Death Metal bands flirt with.... keeping melody verses having that sheer musical cranium crunch... Ered has found that balance, and perfected it!
Shogoth and Liorenz (Guitars) are both the type of musicians whom can be described as so devilishly melodic but at the same time so intensely bludgeoning all at once... their attack captures the lyrics in its darkened vortex of might and propels them to a standard that few other acts could match with. Abyssal and Draug on Bass and Drums respectively just thunders through it all and round out the black attack so nicely.
Songs such as ‘Bastards Condemnation’ and ‘For the Eternity of Sin’ show the depth of the band’s talent, and expands the thought of just what Death Metal Lyrics are suppose to be all about and raise that bar to even a greater level. It is a breath of fresh air to hear a band such as Ered to knows when to be very simple and basic while being so damned heavy, and then knowing when to explode out and lay waste to the what we thought Death Metal was about.
Clearly, this is a benchmark Death metal album coming from one of the finest unknown Death Metal bands. Clearly, Ered is a band to watch out for in the future... let the metal world open their arms and embrace them.
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