MetalBite Review by Chris on 12/12/2001
Just to make sure that you won’t think I went crazy, Blood Red Throne
is not the first band that plays death metal in Norway but somehow as frequently as we use the term ‘Swedish Death’ we don’t do this with Norway. Well then, from now on we have ‘Norwegian Death’ and believe me it doesn’t yield anything from its bigger and more famous neighbor.
So what does ‘Norwegian Death’ sound like? When operating in the hyper-fast areas of their songs, the main riff ideas come from a black metal book, while the mid-paced to slow areas are borrowed from Florida’s death scene with a too long list of influences to mention. Tchort (Green Carnation, Emperor, Satyricon, Einherjer
) teamed up with Dod (Satyricon
) and behind very well written riffs they unwind their talents for 40 min of nonstop rage and aggression. And I mean a whole 40 minutes; even breaks between tracks are suppressed to a half of a second so you won’t have time to pick your teeth up from the floor because the new blow is already landing on your face. Sweet, just the way we like it. Thanks to an excellent production from Berno studio, “Monument of Death”
sounds raw, like good old school death metal but has a crisp and clear sound making it sound unbelievably tight.
The only flaw, if I can actually call it a flaw, is too much copying and not enough of its own, new ideas. If during most of the material you can’t hear Decide, Cannibal Corpse, Death
or old Slayer
, I suggest checking the honey in you ears for clearer reception of outside tones. The reason I said ‘if I can actually call it a flaw’ is because those guys with full knowledge and intention used those influences and simply had fun writing and playing kick ass death metal they grew up listening to.
And quick note for special edition collectors, the first 1000 CD's will come in a suicide-kit and will be hand numbered with real blood of the band members and a razor blade.
Bottom Line: “Monument of Death”
will satisfy any metal fan craving for untainted fury not disturbed by any keyboards or computer samples.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10