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Damn good Death Metal for the most part. - 84%

Sigillum_Dei_Ameth, October 25th, 2009

Crematory, Crematory, Crematory.....even your debut was total death metal. oh sure you used keyboards a bit more, but nothing that wouldn't merit it anything past what Nocturnus did.

Crematory is a band that changes style whenever the wind blows or changes. Their early years were straight-up death metal. A mixture of Massacre, early Sinister, and already mentioned Nocturnus. I can't argue with those comparisons at all. Vocalist Flex Stass (what an odd name) has a an excellent growl. The rest of the musicians do their job but the addition of keyboardist Katrin Jullich is actually of fresh air. She does a damn good job at giving the band's sound a more horror movie soundtrack feel.

"Transmigration" starts off with an extremely short intro "Bequest Of The Wicked" with a doomy keyboard section that isn't shabby at all and does the job for only a minute and fourteen second long. "Eyes Of Suffering" is the first sign of how bad they would cheese out after their first album. It has more keyboards than usual, but it's still interesting. After that it's total death metal; "Never Forgotten Place", "Hall of Torment", "Reincarnation", "Victims", and "Through My Soul" are excellent song and just fun to listen to. "The Way Behind The Light" is more epic-sounding do to it's five minutes of doomy guitars and death metal breakdowns with keyboards. But again it resembles something more akin to a good horror movie. The rest of the album has keyboards here and there, but most of the time, you'll find yourself headbanging.

Good songs, good song titles, and killer album artwork. It's sad in a funny way what would happen to Crematory after "Transmigration". Just a damn shame.