Tuesday, November 16, 2010

God Dethroned - Under the Sign of the Iron Cross (2010)

Alright, Loadown finally has the 2009's Passiondale follow-up album and hyped as we are - we're passing it on to you. As you all know, God Dethroned always represented the best in the blackened death metal genre and this release is no different. In fact, it could actually be their best work to date.
First of all, the cover is amazing. It sends a hell of a message with the minimal amount of flash. The music is a bit less atmospheric than I would like, but it's still absolut gold. The guitar work on the album is tremendously good. It has really solid riffs, but still produces both mellow and harsh feelings through its melodic parts. The drums are fairly cool and quite brutal. They do an awesome job keeping you on your toes, even though they consist mostly of blast beats. One more thing to point out here are definitely the vocals. You can hear God Dethroned's recognizable savage growls throughout, but, at the same time, the album doesn't lack in clean, dare I say, angel-like vocals.
So, all in all - this is a very dynamic album. While it is extremely raw and heavy, it also manages to stay clean and neat. Be sure not to miss out on this one.