Death Requisite – “Threnody”

 Posted by on August 18, 2018 at 19:47  No Responses »
Aug 182018

Death Requisite pick up where Revisitation left off and take their symphonic metal to a whole new level on Threnody, even including orchestral versions of the songs.

Florida’s Death Requisite trace their roots all the way back to when the band members were teens in the late 1990s.  The band has a relatively storied past, opening for national acts, signing to a label and releasing a couple of albums before life intervened and the band went on hiatus in 2005.  In 2010, the band returned, release two projects, Prophets of Doom and Second Death as well as shared the stage with a number of bands from Norma Jean to Terrorizer to Vital Remains.  In 2016 the band released Revisitation  to critical acclaim where many noticed the combination of death, thrash, symphonic and progressive elements blended seamlessly into their songs.

Having reviewed Revisitation, I had a fairly good idea of what to expect when I hit play on Threnody, and then a little ways into “Primogeniture” that quickly went out the window.  What struck me first was the overriding emphasis on the symphonic side of symphonic metal.  Keyboards seemed to take a larger role than guitars in many places on the album.  Yes, the comparisons to Antestor and Grave Declaration will remain, but the metal seems to be a lesser component in the overall sound this time.  Some of it can be attributed to the mix which is a bit overwhelming to the ears, making it difficult to pick out the contributions of the individual instruments.  When you see the layout of the album with the metal  versions followed by the orchestral versions, this makes a bit more sense.  Interstingly the orchestral versions of the songs do seem to be missing something as the overall sound seems a bit thin and would benefit immensely  from the inclusion of the bass and drums from the metal side.  Otherwise the two versions are nearly interchangeable. Continue reading »

Death Requisite – “Revisitation”

 Posted by on November 19, 2016 at 23:28  No Responses »
Nov 192016

revisitation_dd6Death Requisite returns with a symphonic metal masterpiece incorporating elements from many metal genres into complex arrangements that are experienced as much as they are heard.

“The first requisite for immortality is death”, said Stanislaw Lec, who provided the inspiration for the Florida band’s name.  Going back to 1999, Death Requisite brought together five teens with a love for metal and heavy music.  Before long, the band was opening for national acts and signed to a recording contract for their first several albums, Living Sanctuary and From Death to Life, only to have life issues intervene around 2005, forcing the band into hiatus.  In 2010, the band was able to return from their hiatus, release two projects, Prophets of Doom and Second Death as well as share the stage with the likes of bands from Norma Jean to Terrorizer to Vital Remains.

Sometimes a single song is enough to sell an entire album and with Death Requisite being a new band for me, I had no idea what I going to hear, but the opening track “Revisitation” had me hooked less than a minute into the song.  The opening keyboard set the tone that this was likely going to be a symphonic metal album, but the guitar riff that immediately joined in was a bit unexpected and within the first 10 seconds, the rest of band and vocals had come in amid a literal explosion of sound.  Continue reading »

May 062016

13139251_10154810795333294_2309705514364841599_n_1_2e2The Swedish death metal band Pantokrator is celebrating International Listen to Pantokrator Day (not a joke, a holiday celebrated by their fans on May 6) today by releasing a new music video for ‘Awesome God.’ The song is being released as a stand-alone single and is widely known and sung among Christians, the original made famous by the penman Rich Mullins. The video can be seen below.

“When we add all things to the equation of life we arrive at the indisputable conclusion that: Our God is a truly awesome God. This cover was recorded by request from a Slovakian friend, and the video was made by impulse during Easter 2016.” – Rickard Gustafsson (Drummer).

Pantokrator will play at our own festival (In honor of the 10th anniversary of our webzine), This will be their first show in Holland since 2007 (Dead & Alive Fest). festival will be held on June 18th. in the Naxt Stage, Almelo (NL). See poster below for line-up & details. Continue reading »

Sep 162013

original-amof_-_the_anatomy_of_impurity_coverOkay put any notion or perception on what you think is heavy or brutal to a side, no really do that, well at-least I had to. Be prepared to be educated! Its just about the most darn heavy album I have ever heard. It is so noisy, caustic an extreme for me it should carry a warning that reads a long the lines of ”You might spontaneously com-bust on listening”, Also fair advice, do not play this around conservative Christians, I can imagine the torrents of fiery abuse they would rain down on you after a few seconds of listening to this. Even the name, Abated Mass Of Flesh, does not conjure up pretty walks in the park, sweat sounds of waterfalls, and sheep relaxing in the meadow; the name would probably seem more fitting on a zombie music Compilation album to be honest. There does seem to be a trend towards really BRUTAL heavy music lately, or maybe Eelco, my Editor, is just giving me the most brutal albums he can for me to review…haha. These guys are off Rottweiler Records, a name I say is synonymous with some great releases, solid artist and a solid presence in the Christian music scene that has won my respect more than once. I have seen a lot of activity on Facebook surrounding Abated Mass of Flesh, and its all been mostly positive, which is a good thing, it helps the reviewer a little in terms of preparation. Though I have never listened to them before, but had various pictures in my mind of what they could sound like, from postings of fans of theirs who are friends of mine, and oh boy, my mind failed me, this is way more brutally charged nitro , turbo-ed and supercharged fueled death metal than I ever imagined, way more than what I have experienced from the genre in the past. Continue reading »