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Death Is Just The Be­gin­ning MCMXVIII

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NU­CLEAR BLAST

Now that’s what we call death – the re­turn!

Streamed playliStS may have ren­dered the very no­tion of the com­pi­la­tion al­bum re­dun­dant, but there are still in­stances when a la­bel sam­pler can de­liver some­thing spe­cial. This wel­come re­turn for Nu­clear Blast’s death me­tal an­thol­ogy boasts a hand­ful of vis­ceral ex­clu­sives, at least one of which should be suf­fi­ciently ex­cit­ing to at least en­cour­age peo­ple to stream this thing, if not ac­tu­ally buy it. Who knows, strangers things have hap­pened…

The first un­de­ni­able big deal on the lat­est Death… Is Just The Be­gin­ning com­pi­la­tion is De­cap­i­tated’s cover of

Sane by Meshug­gah. Now, ob­vi­ously it takes balls of pen­du­lous enor­mity to cover Meshug­gah in the first place, but some­how the Pol­ish death met­allers have, dare we say it, made the song their own, stray­ing just far enough from the orig­i­nal to jus­tify the ef­fort re­quired. Al­most as great, Swedish vet­er­ans Hypocrisy’s ver­sion of leg­endary Brit punks The Ex­ploited’s They Lie some­how man­ages to be even more mad-eyed and livid than the orig­i­nal. A third cover ver­sion, Im­mo­la­tion’s take on Sepul­tura’s clas­sic Mor­bid Vi­sions, is pretty damn mon­strous, too, and gets at least 50 ex­tra me­tal points for Max Cavalera’s guest ap­pear­ance. Mean­while, a new track from Silenoz and Shane Em­bury’s In­sid­i­ous Dis­ease is an epic, nasty sur­prise.

Of course, this is partly a pro­mo­tional ex­er­cise, and so newer acts like

The Spirit, Bleed­ing Gods and Nailed To Ob­scu­rity are present and well worth a lis­ten, too. In par­tic­u­lar, re­cent Nu­clear Blast sign­ings Aen­imus show im­mense prom­ise on the fiery tech-death of Be­fore The Eons, even while sur­rounded by the iconic likes of Car­cass and Par­adise Lost. Ul­ti­mately, though, this is worth buy­ing (or in­deed stream­ing) solely to hear Pos­sessed’s

Aban­doned: a demo taster for the leg­ends’ long-awaited new al­bum, it’s the most ab­surdly thrilling slab of pure fuck­ing me­tal that you will hear this year. On this ev­i­dence, death will never die.

Par­adise lost: prob­a­bly wouldn’t make great But­lin’s reps

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