Saturday, 24 November 2012

Graveyard Ghoul - Tomb of the Mouldered Corpses

GRAVEYARD GHOUL - Tomb of the Mouldered Corpses (FINAL GATE Records - MC 2012)

Pretty quickly these German necromaniacs from Graveyard Ghoul have created the material for their first full length album, which I just got on tape that Final Gate Records has released lately. Their “Necrocult” demo was really fine piece of rotten metal of death and now I can say exactly the same about “Tomb of the Mouldered Corpses”. I definitely expected that Graveyard Ghoul would not compromise and keep their music as relentless and primitive, as it was on the demo and I’m glad that the band’s album is as I expected. Obscure, morbid, gruesome…
Some of you may feel abhorred by the completely necro sound of the Graveyard Ghoul, by the obscure and sinister atmosphere of their music and its primitiveness. At the same time some may question the sense of releasing such rehearsal recordings as full length albums, especially in times, when it is so easy and cheap to get professionally sounding, powerful sound on your demo. Well, maybe that’s the point, right? You cannot just listen to those sterile clean, sometimes too plastic and lifeless productions; it is also good to find some bands, which can take you 20 years back to the times, when death metal was only obscure, rotten and ugly. In that aspect “Tomb of the Mouldered Corpses” sounds like some of the late 80’s American and Scandinavian death metal demos…
To me this music has an incredible charm, it is a feeling like I was listening to some killer demos from the very late 80’s or early 90’s. With such production, such atmosphere and the music one can definitely have a resemblance of the demos from such bands as Darkthrone, Autopsy, Treblinka… And at times it almost sounds like an early black metal release, such as Mayhem’s “Deathcrush” MLP for instance, and thrash metal also, if you think of what early Sodom was like. And yeah, even if generally I must admit that those young German ghouls do not play anything outstanding or innovative, they have enough skills and passion to perform the archaic death metal the right way. I like the way Graveyard Ghoul rips through the flesh with their heavy riffing, creating an obscure feeling, playing mostly as fast and chaotic as it is possible (like in “Splattered Body”), but also adding some more doomy parts (just listen to the final track, “Walking Dead”! I definitely like the disturbing, horror atmosphere of this song a lot) or even more melodic ones, which would remind you Nihilist (“Tomb of the Mouldered Corpses”). Each song has a clear chorus part, where you can scream the title, what makes them all quite memorable and damn you if you won’t get hooked by such songs as “Poetry of Death” or “Violent Beast”, one of the slowest pieces from “Tomb of the Mouldered Corpses”. I cannot say bad word about them. Who cares, if it is primitive and amateurish, if there are such tracks as “Black Lagoon”, great doomy worship of demo era Asphyx or “Walking Dead”?
All in all “Tomb of the Mouldered Corpses” is available on tape, soon there will also be a CD and LP versions, so keep your eyes open for Graveyard Ghoul!
Final rate: 78/100

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