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God Dethroned | ‘The World Ablaze’

Dutch Death Metallers God Dethroned return after their split in 2012, picking up exactly where they left off with their signature melodic, lead-driven, Blackened Death Metal.

‘The World Ablaze’ marks a monumental mark for the band, being their tenth album in what seems to be a stop-and-start again career.

There aren’t many bands crafting music in such a manner these days, with most Technical Death Metal acts themselves venturing further and further away from any semblance of cohesive songwriting and Blackened Death Metal itself becoming more reclusive to mainstream Metal audiences.

God Dethroned manage to somewhat fill the space in-between both of these subgenres as few bands in the late 90’s/early 2000’s could, with the critically acclaimed ‘Passiondale’ no doubt being the pinnacle of their career, and deservedly so.

Whilst topping that release will prove an arduous mission, whatever result comes out of a conquest should be worth the effort alone.

The usual clarity and warmth in their tone is immediately apparent from the opening instrumental ‘A Call To Arms’ leading into ‘Annihilation Crusade’, with painstakingly smooth lead guitar tastefully overlapping dense-sounding rhythm guitars.

‘On The Wrong Side of The Wire’ is easily the catchiest track with a very cool lead line as its introduction that serves as a mainstay throughout until the eventual fade-out.

It’s really God Dethroned at their best, and the same continues throughout until and following the beautifully constructed ‘Königsberg’, which bears a sort of odd similarity to Iniquity’s ‘Stygian’ with acoustic guitar traded for clean electric (seriously, listen to both back-to-back).

The lead guitar is the most impressive single aspect on this album as it always seems to fit anywhere it’s introduced, never overstays its welcome and contributes so much to every track.

However, what’s important above all is just how good the songwriting is, and either the band put a lot of deep and meaningful thought into every track or they have a knack for composing music that engages exactly when needed.

This is a great example of making sure music rises above egos as you can tell each member could probably show far more technical ability than they do, but it would destroy the ratio of what makes this so good.

This is a form of old-school Death Metal done properly in the modern era, and a lot of other bands need to take notes on how it’s done during this apparent resurgence.

4 / 5 – Ricardo Angelone ::: 27/06/17

One Comment
  1. Really enjoyed this album. Not groundbreaking or spectacular but a solid album nonetheless. I liked most of what they released and this didnt disappoint. Review above sums up perfectly.

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