Saturday, November 26, 2011

BASTARD PRIEST - Ghouls of the Endless Night CD review

BASTARD PRIEST - Ghouls of the Endless Night CD
Blood Harvest
Genre: Death Metal
Rating: 5/5

It's the return of this Swedish duo and only after a year since 2010's near perfect Under the Hammer of Destruction. BASTARD PRIEST were one of last year's great bands which foretold what type of extremism we were in for ala 2011. Basically a warning shot compared to today's OSDM (Old School Death Metal) tsunami which has wiped every other DM sub genre clean off. Once again BASTARD PRIEST have resurrected that sound and style with a slight kick into the modern world. This is the type of music for people who still get that sadistic look in their eyes whenever someone mentions NIHILIST or MERCILESS in passing conversation. I'm talking about thrashed out blast beated filth with crushing doom explosions that fall on you like bags of wet cement and a good o'l dose of punk snot. Listen to songs like "Pestilent Force", "Enter Eternal Nightmare" or "Fucking Slaughter" and tell me you don't wanna run straight through a fucking wall screaming like a nutjob. You will be thinking you're really in a slam pit at a club and you just needed more room. "Poison" is a cut the screams Doom but in a much more menacing way as if it's the last thing you'll hear in your miserable life.

All eight cuts on here are exceptionally extreme. In fact I'll even say that this is better than their debut which like I said earlier was near perfect. This is Death Metal as it once was and is being sort after by extreme metal consumers like zombies hungry for fresh flesh. If you still consider the early releases by GRAVE, DISMEMBER and ENTOMBED to be some of your all time favorites from Sweden's extreme metal cannon that Ghouls of the Endless Night will sit among them fairly nice. Of course BASTARD PRIEST, as well as the whole OSDM revival, is not for everyone. Whenever some new underground explosion erupts onto the masses you'll get your minority of snobs who feel left out because they never saw it coming. So they snub their noses at greatness for spite and look for some obscure nonsense that only they and the rest of their circle jerk of droned out pussies will like. Hey look that's fine because they were never into extreme Swedish Death Metal to start with. This Swedish duo of Inventor - guitars, bass, vocals and Matt Mendoza - drums, vocals are not treading any new ground. You even call this homage to a past sorely missed. But that's the whole point, it's missed by fans of old and has been rediscovered by new ones. I like it as well as a whole slew of crazies who are bored with progressive, over technical, soulless pap. And frankly that's all that matters now doesn't it.



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