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LEX AMENTIAE

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FOR­MER MAY­HEM MEM­BERS TAKE AN UN­PRE­DICTABLE PATH

When it Was an­nounced that (long) ex-mem­bers of May­hem were form­ing a new band af­ter three decades away from the ex­treme metal scene, few would have pre­dicted such a con­vinc­ing de­but al­bum with a size­able in­ter­na­tional la­bel be­hind it af­ter four years. Fea­tur­ing drum­mer Man­heim and vo­cal­ist Mes­siah from Deathcrush along with An­ders Od­den of early death metal band Ca­daver (and lat­terly Celtic Frost and Satyri­con), Or­der are thor­oughly old school in flavour, but cru­cially not in the same ‘out of touch and out of ideas’ fash­ion that we so of­ten see with re­turn­ing metal bands. In­deed, Lex Amentiae has very lit­tle in com­mon with the ground­break­ing early works of its col­lected tal­ent. The clos­est point of ref­er­ence is surely the works of Tom G Fis­cher, both early Hell­ham­merisms and even some lat­ter-day Celtic Frost (which An­ders was present for, of course). The creepy-crawl­ing song­writ­ing, those ex­ag­ger­ated bent notes and lead-heavy riffs, the mid-paced swag­ger – it’s all there, mak­ing the cover of Pro­cre­ation (Of The Wicked) the only un­nec­es­sary num­ber. Vari­a­tion comes from the stomp­ing Torque­mada and its ir­re­sistibly rock­ing vibe as well as the full-speed-ahead death/thrash flavour of Dugma. Very con­vinc­ing over­all, not least in the vo­cal de­part­ment.

FOR FANS OF: Hell­ham­mer, May­hem, Celtic Frost

or­der: old-school guys show­ingthe new­bies how it’s done

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