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

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

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By James

DEAD AWAKEN. What does that mean? I must be missing something, as that looks like an adjective-verb combination that doesn’t make sense. Unless that Death Metal Random Name Generator is playing up… Anyway, this band is made up of just two members, Jörgen Kristensen and Mats Blückert. The former appears to handle vocals, guitars and bass, so is clearly a talented musician (although they use a session bass player for live shows – so he clearly isn’t superhuman!) They have been in a number of Death Metal bands previously, namely ABYSSAL CHAOS, ABHOTH and SUFFER, none of whom I’ve heard, so this is my first exposure to their output. There are a lot of new Death Metal bands around at the moment and many of them seem to be playing old school Death Metal. These guys are no exception. I’m transported back to the early 90s again, this time to the sounds employed by bands like BAPHOMET, SINISTER and IMMOLATION. Do you have those albums? Classics like BAPHOMET’s “The Dead Shall Inherit” and SINISTER’s “Diabolical Summoning”? If so, you don’t need this (in my opinion). The band replicates the sound of these influences really well, but the songs don’t get close to the brilliance of those Death Metal pioneers. Of the influences listed, this reminds me most of the first two SINISTER albums. Lots of speed, very guttural (and effective) growling, heavy guitars, fast drumming, etc. Most of the songs follow this style, but aren’t memorable. There’s nothing that makes them stand out above what has become a sizeable crowd of quality Death Metal bands. The standout track for me is “Deutsches Afrika Corpse,” which has starts well, getting the head nodding with a catchy tune that again reminds very much of vintage SINISTER, even down to bass breaks. There’s a nice riff that appears at various points throughout the song and could have come straight from IMMOLATION’s “Dawn Of Possession.” It’s a good song, but it does feel like there is something missing. That might be down to the lack of a guitar solo, or it might just be that the song needs something else to lift it beyond ‘good’. There aren’t many solos on the album; there’s one in the middle of “Rocket Symphony,” which is okay, and a short one at the end of “Mudhell,” but it’s a bit messy, frenetic and doesn’t fit in too well with the rest of the song. Maybe this is something the band could improve for future albums – more solos and better ones at that. “Mudhell” also has an almost military-sounding section in the middle of the song, which although adding interest and variation, ultimately doesn’t lead anywhere. The chorus of “Venom of the Population” reminds me of “Satan Spawn, the Caco-Daemon” by DEICIDE, yet another 90s Death Metal reference in their sound. This is Death Metal played very well and I sense that these guys love the genre. I just get the feeling, as I’ve touched on a few times in this review, that there’s something missing. There’s plenty of potential here and if the band can add some more ideas and catchy, memorable songs they can be a Death Metal force to be reckoned with.

Rating: 6/10

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