Dawn Of Dis­ease

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Subterrane­a - ED­WIN MCFEE

AS­CEN­SION GATE

NA­PALM

GER­MANY’S SCANDIC-STYLED DEATH MET­ALLERS TUNE TO THE DARK

Ever since their in­cep­tion, this Ger­man quin­tet have made no se­cret of their af­fec­tion for Swedish death metal, and that love con­tin­ues to blos­som. Wast­ing no time since the re­lease of the well-re­ceived Wor­ship The Grave last year, their brood­ing fourth full-length sees DOD ex­plore the darker, more mo­rose side of their sound, adding new depth to pro­ceed­ings. In­spired by “gloomy au­tumn days and the sheer end­less dark­ness of win­ter,” drum­mer Chris­tian T does a ster­ling job driv­ing the band on­ward through­out the 10 cuts and gui­tarists Lukas K and Olli K in­fuse the likes of the ti­tle track with men­ace and melan­choly in equal mea­sure. While As­cen­sion Gate is un­ques­tion­ably death metal there are hints of NWOBHM (Be­neath The Waters) and 70s prog (Lu­cid) to be found here, too, suggesting DOD are only just get­ting started.

FOR FANS OF: At The Gates, En­trails, Blood­bath

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