Pathogen - Forged in the Crucible of Death

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Obviously "Forged in the Crucible of Death" is not a material for National Geographic program; it doesn't discover anything, it doesn't create anything what hasn't been unheard before. But if you think of such death metal cults like Autopsy, Abscess, Repulsion, Nihilist, Death Breath, Master, very early Bolt Thrower, Hellhammer – think of the very archaic, obscure and simple D-beat death metal, which sometimes has the simplicity of punk, but certainly is way more brutal and filthy, as well as faster, then you may know what "Forged in the Crucible of Death" is all about. I really like what Pathogen has done on this album – the material is energetic and will force the maniacal headbanging, but it is also catchy, it is aggressive and more so, it is damn varied as along with many slow and doomy parts you'll find here also faster songs – but obviously they're not Krisiun fast, but old school fast, in the way that you know that the drums have been played by a human being, not by octopus and the whole music doesn't require mathematical formulas to understand it. It is simple, catchy, but I love its atmosphere; that vibe and feeling of horror and Pathogen has done everything perfectly. I must say that I really like the vocals of Willie Desamero as well and obviously there are just killer riffs everywhere; the whole material is just awesome and so is the production… and who cares if the drummer sometimes looses the tempo in fast parts or that the whole album sounds like it was recorded on the rehearsal or that some of these riffs / ideas sound familiar? I don't. Ughhhh… There are some absolutely neckbreaking and massacring songs like "Thresholds of Pandemonium", ferocious "The Ominous Parallels" (killer doomy riff near its end!), doom monolith "The Storm from the East" filled with some Celtic Frost riffage and "Forged in the Crucible of Death"… They're enough to cause some serious bloodshed and gutripping. Recommended!

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Label: Mandarangan Recordings | Item Code: Various | Country: Philippines | Year: 2012 | Genre: Death Metal

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