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Lie in Ruins

Titel / Title Swallowed by the Void 
Label Spikefarm 
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Vö/Releasebereits erschienen/already released 
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And there was a big void, which was filled, if the band is to be believed, with “death metal hymns for the dead”. If I trust my ears, however, then there´s per definition not much death in this metal, it´s more evil, black-metal-y sounds of the otherworld which arise from the abyss; so maybe, as a compromise, one could agree on black-death metal. However that be, the debut album from these Finns seems to be made according to the principle “easy songwriting” – the same riff goes through the whole album (intentionally or not, after a few songs one gets really annoyed); the same song design (there are hardly any variation of song schemes) and the rather unmelodic “vokills” are so electronically-manipulated that you hardly understand whether the guttural growls are in English, Finnish or Swahili. Only for die-hard fans.

Kathleen Gransalke

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