DEATHSWARM
Forward Into Oblivion
(F.D.A. Records)
49:39min

Swedish Death Metal is still alive and kicking. DEATHSWARM are a relatively young, but prolific band and they now deliver a second album that is very worth an attentive listen. Your first impression will possibly be the guitars that seem straight out of the Sunlight studios circa 1990, sounding immensely like ENTOMBED or CARNAGE. Three decades later, there are still fans of the old school sound trying to create the same magic. And the fact is that DEATHSWARM actually do a pretty good job of it. A couple of spins leave me very much convinced with their inventive compositions. The band members are all very good and the album profits from a tremendous voice with power and personality, great guitars with fine dual work, a strong sounding bass and solid, competent drumming (hear that entrance at ‘Where Death is Recrowned’), all working together to create all this awesome heaviness. The first couple of songs are rather fast, but soon they ease off the throttle and move into the territory they may perhaps be more comfortable with, mid-paced Death Metal with a tendency to slow down. In fact, the final song, ‘In The Wells They Await’ is total old school Doom Death Metal (right after the fast scorcher ‘The Eating Blood’). Still, throughout the album, quality is always very high. I like the cover artwork concept, but I’m afraid it looks a bit like a photoshop mess… but don’t let it deceive you. ‘Forward Into Oblivion’ is worthy to share a shelf with Mexico’s CENOTAPH or Finland’s DEMIGOD. Still, I hope for the next album they manage to come up with money to pay some killer painter like Paolo Girardi. Great album, heavily recommended! More info you will find at: www.facebook.com/deathswarm, www.fda-records.com

Ricardo Campos

Ricardo Campos

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