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Angelic Encounters

Netherlands Country of Origin: Netherlands

1. Angelic Encounters
2. In Utter Darkness
3. Sincere Chainsaw Salvation
4. Infuriated
5. The Howling
6. Gods Of War
7. The Devil's Concubine
8. Speed Kills
9. Thou Shalt Rot
10. Corpse Grinder

Review by Maciek on April 6, 2013.

It's been long time since I've heard this album for the first time. To me it's an absolute classic and I cannot see any flaw in this production. I'm getting really sentimental now, just remembering the tens of brilliant Death Metal bands from Netherlands, their first releases, the compilations from DSFA Records... first recordings by The Gathering, God Dethroned, Bluuuuuurgh (enough "u"?)... And I can definitely recommend this album to anyone missing these times as much as I am. Of course if it's not in your collection yet. Brilliant mixture of Death and Thrash Metal, Thrash Metal from the areas of Slayer and Death Metal from areas of Morgoth, Asphyx and early God Dethroned. Good growling, great variety of riffs, solos, acoustic passages, great drumwork and everything in the climate of Death Metal scene in 90s. Although the production is slightly better, because the album comes from 2000. If anything above tells you anything add it to your collection on the "classics" shelf. If you haven't got a clue - give it a go and try 'Sincere Chainsaw Salvation' or 'Infuriated'. And definitely get the re-mastered version from 2007 with the bonus 'Corpse Grinder' (cover from Massacre's "From Beyond"). Ah, those were the times...

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 10
Atmosphere: 10
Production: 10
Originality: 9
Overall: 9

Rating: 9.6 out of 10