Down Among the Dead Men
...And You Will Obey Me

1. Destroy the Infinite
2. Axis of Insanity
3. ...and You Will Obey Me
4. The End of Time
5. Omega
6. House of Blue Fire
7. The Age of Steel
8. Eye of Harmony
9. Darkness of Glass
10. Panopticon

David Ingram - Vocals
Rogga Johansson - Guitars/Bass

Down Among the Dead Men (2013)
Exterminate! Annihilate! Destroy! (2015)

Kjetil Lynghaug - Session Leads
Erik R. Bevenrud - Session Drums

Recorded at The Rotpit Studios. Gamleby, Sweden & Panopticon Studios. Denmark.
Mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström at Enhanced Audio Productions in Umeå, Sweden.
Artwork by Turkka G. Rantanen

Released 2018-06-15
Reviewed 2018-06-07

transcending obscurity

Diving down among the dead men to analyse what we can find beneath the surface of the traditionally styled death metal this so-called supergroup has to offer. David and Rogga and session musicians who are known from many bands in the death metal genre make it three albums with this one. And what strikes me first about the album is that the cover looks a bit drab, though it fits well with the blue vinyl, which is one of the ways it will be sold. Moreover it is the long title that strikes me; long names and titles are rarely a thing that works and it never really looks good. But of course I didn’t really look at those things before listening to the music itself and that is something that really works – to me death metal is generally quite boring but this album surely isn’t.

Edgy solos and guitar work spice up an album that fits best into the traditional death metal bracket. It is grunty vocals, smattering drums, lyrics you can’t make out and those traditional things, spiced up with a slightly edgier and catchier tone. It is a fairly catchy album. The vocals could be more interesting; I think they might be the weakest point of the album. It is short and has enough variation, the sound is very heavy and I think fat or massive is a good way to describe it. Nothing really revolutionary but they do what they do well and manages to create something quite interesting in a genre that generally offers albums that sounds pretty much the same – not saying that this sounds very different but it has a fresh feel to it.

Attention should probably be paid to this album, I think it is a strong one and it should appeal to anyone into the death metal genre, perhaps even to anyone into the extreme metal genres. The songs are all good and I think the seventh might be my favourite due to some really nice and catchy parts, but there is not much to choose between the songs and I don’t think there is any discernable weakness. Sure it is an album that will only cater to this particular audience, as I don’t really think it will gain the death metal genre any new fans but to those listening it is one of the highlights of recent times.

Death metal at its best perhaps, particularly if you look at the traditional way of doing the death metal. I think these guys hiding among the dead men have succeeded really well with this album and you should obey me and check it out – perhaps even buy a copy. I think the vinyl version should sell out pretty quickly as this should be appealing to all that enjoy this kind of music. But what do I know? All I know is that I like this album and I think it is a fresh and strong death metal album and those do not come around too often.





Label: Transcending Obscurity Records
Three similar bands: Paganizer/Bolt Thrower/Benediction
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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