Saturday, May 15, 2010

Adramelech - Pure Blood Doom

Adramelech - Pure Blood Doom
1999, Severe Music

Adramelech has been around for quite some time now, always on the edge of the world scene, never in the spotlight, and they have been quietly going about their business, (seemingly) writing the music they wanted to write, and following a slow path of evolution that was never, to me, that remarkable. With the once-raging movement of Suffocation-style brutal death metal now left in ashes, the two or three waves of Scandinavian black metal bands broken, sold-out, and meaningless, death metal bands claiming influences from '89-'92 have started to come out of the woodwork again, heads down, offering what they have been thanklessly working on for almost a decade. Has anything really changed? Are bands playing in this style now relevant again? I don't really think so. In some respects it can be very entertaining, as it reminds you of other (better) groups that played this kind of music when it was original, vital, and new. It makes you nostalgic, almost, for those days. Ultimately, though, music like this just makes me go over to my record collection and pull out a favorite from another band. This entire album plays like a series of references to other bands - Dismember, Grave, some middle-period Rotting Christ, Entombed, even Bolt Thrower in parts. If you enjoy that kind of music, and you weren't drowned under the waves of clone bands from '90-'93 that spread like a plague out of Sweden, then by all means you should pick this up. It isn't hyperfast, it isn't numbingly brutal, it's just good old traditional mid-paced Scandinavian death metal done by a Finnish band. There isn't anything here that stands out as being simply wrong, but neither is there much that stands out as being original. I wish bands like this would take more chances with their music - but obviously they are happy playing this kind of metal and don't want to change. It must be strange, though, to take a look (and a listen) around and see about a thousand other bands playing exactly the same music you do. To me that realization would be very depressing...what good is music if it is not pressed in new directions with each new band? If not, it's just entertainment - and if all you seek from music is 'entertainment', then I recommend this album to you...