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Album Of The Month January 2009
Seance | ‘Awakening Of The Gods’

Remember Seance – the band that delivered an essential ‘Postmortem’ for the Slaytanic Slaughter tribute, and the the same act where riff master Patrick Jensen cut his teeth before The Haunted and Witchery?

Probably not.

It shouldn’t bother you much though: you’ll be picking up this ripper of a cd in short order and discovering a band who can absolutely desecrate their juniors with riffs so good they’d make you weep.

Jensen isn’t present for this reformation, but it’s of little consequence. Guitarists Rille Rimfalt and Tony Vargfrost have the kind of precision and force that their erstwhile colleague showed at his peak (i.e. the first Haunted album), packing note after brilliant note into their insanely tight tracks. It is the sound of a band renewed, and hungry to do it all again. The last Gorefest album did something like this too – showing that there’s no substitute for experience when it comes to busting heads with proper old school death metal.

Opener ‘Wasted’ just does it all. Its memorable, heavy as hell melodic riffs are set to the kind of nailgun blasting that you’d wake up in the morning just to hear again. The vocals as rough as they should be, while the songwriting itself just demands repeat listening. The tone is classic Swedish chunk. Everywhere on this disc oozes passion and commitment, and love for real underground metal. There’s even the odd bit of groove on ‘Choose Your Eternity’, showing they’re not afraid of who they are and what they’re doing. It’s fucking killer.

This is an entirely uncomplicated recommendation – you’ve gotta buy it. It’s straightforward, no bullshit, no image death metal, played by hoary Swedes who know a thing or four about how it’s done right. Defiantly old school while sounding fresher than the current crop, it’s all about the riffs, riffs, riffs. And as you know, when there’s fuck all to get in the way of that, you’re guaranteed a hellride. Great honest gear altogether. Get to their Myspace and bang your head immediately.

4.7 / 5 – Earl Grey::: 24/01/09

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