DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD review by

By Claudio Luciani

That sound “bastard” have the Swedes Dead Awaken: debut after eleven long years since the founding of the group, we deliver this compendium of “slap in the face” which is their first album “Where Hope Turns Red”. Eleven years of work, of course, they teach many things: mainly how you work in the right way the pieces that do not look like the classic songs from a debut album, as everyone already mature and constructed according to a compositional formula of its own, we would say “cut out measure “for the occasion, or nearly so. If “Carnivore”, in fact, dominates the attack modulated on different registers of speed, elsewhere – as in “Deutsches Afrika Corpse – is proudly displayed a groove that might remember it the combination Hail Of Bullets / Bolt Thrower, while in “Kingdom Of Damnation” you can almost hear the thrash / punk that counterbalances the “intricature” of songs like “Venom Of The Population”, also embellished by a beautiful and unexpected melodic opening, all Swedish, which ends up making it – probably – the best of the lot. Of course there are common traits among the various compositions: the good management of tempo changes and rhythmic variations (“Rocket Symphony” is one example); riff ever “cool” and faces the massacre (so as to give all the work atmosphere “epic” from endless war); constant references to sound American, sublimated in the riff of “Mudhell” (reminiscent of a Swedish version of Suffocation more straight), or – finally – the dynamic that emerges in the most overbearing from “State Of Corrosion”. Wanting to be honest all the way also happens to find some fault, even if minimal, as the tendency to dilate a hair more than the rhythmic parts, so that sometimes they can ask the basis for questions mowed in extremis from “corrective” changes or variations. If you like the Grave, which are the most “American” of the SDF (Swedish Death Four, if you can not shiver …), you have to listen to these Dead Awaken, also because of the provision at absolutely instrumental, for guaranteed precision and incisiveness despite not exceed in particular virtuosity.

Rating: 7.0

This review was originally written in Italian and has been translated using Google Translate. To view the original review in Italian click the link below.

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