MetalBite Review by Death8699 on 9/25/2018 9:41:34 PM
This is some straight-forward brutal death metal from the cold arctic regions of Sweden. Formed in 1991, they put out their first full-length entitled Rated-X which hasn't gotten much press, till this day. But here, they're back, with this utmost chilling brutality Struck By A Murderous Siege. They have sort of a blues type vibe to their metal that is cool and rather catchy. The vocals never really change and since this is the only album I've heard from the band, I can't compare it to how they've sounded in the past, but this album is pretty fresh with good ideas on the musical front.
There are 4 members on this release, all doing a great job putting out riffs that are catchy, but brutal. That blues vibe is felt in the lead guitar department and the licks are also sort of groove-laden. A lot of pinch harmonics in the riffs and muted guitar crunch-tone.
I think this band has a lot of energy and they know how to be brutal. The songwriting structure is quite straightforward and heavy, the vocals never change and the leads are somewhat technical (from a guitarist's point of view). Every song sort of tells a story. I'm not sure if that's what they wanted it to be like but that's what it sure as heck seems like. But their concepts consist of murders, death, gore, violence and of criminals. No surprise there with a name for a band like theirs. My guess is, stay away from reading the lyrics.
Some songs to check out are "The Frail Illusion of Osteology", "Cold Icy Hands" and "Toy Box Torture Chamber." Definitely check out this band and the album. It that was released in 2016 and it's truly great!
Rating: 8.5 out of 10