GRUE­SOME TWISTED PRAYERS (RE­LAPSE)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

FOR FANS OF: Dy­ing Fe­tus, In­gested, Ex­humed ■ Count­ing cur­rent and former mem­bers of old­school death metal lu­mi­nar­ies such as Ex­humed, Pos­sessed and Cas­tra­tor in their ranks, Grue­some can be said to know a thing or two about wall-towall death metal un­pleas­ant­ness. With Twisted Prayers favour­ing hulk­ing grooves and filthy thrash­ings over mind-bend­ing tech­ni­cal­ity, it’s easy to get caught up in the di­a­bolic ex­u­ber­ance that reigns through­out and which will un­doubt­edly lead to a mi­nor epi­demic of sprained necks. It’s ac­tu­ally quite re­fresh­ing to hear this stuff sound­ing so re­ju­ve­nated and repurposed with quite as much wide-eyed vigour and psy­chotic en­ergy as is on dis­play here. Among the best tracks are opener In­hu­mane and the mon­strous Fate, while Cru­sade Of Bru­tal­ity would make a fit­ting sound­track to such an en­deav­our, should you ever re­quire one. But all are more than wor­thy – and the bonus cover of Pos­sessed’s The Ex­or­cist ab­so­lutely de­stroys. DAN SLESSOR

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