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Gorefest is back! - 90%

foshuggah, July 27th, 2007

After some failing efforts, the re-formed Gorefest is back with a solid album. Amazing production and a decent mix make this album worthy. The drums are perfect, the guitars/bass have a great beefy tone and the vocals sound like taken straight from the "Mindloss" era.

The performance and execution are flawless. These guys have grown as musicians and composers and this shows throughout the album. Some solos are kinda out of place, but that is a minor detail (yes, I am picky when it comes down to the "solo" department).

The opener, "Revolt", gives you a perfect example of what to expect from the rest of the album. "Rise to Ruin" switches from mid-pace pounders to full speed ahead songs. Surprisingly, there are some blast beats here and there, perfectly placed to enhance the structures and to keep things interesting, without being repetitive.

There are some good melodies in some of the songs, but the whole "death'n'roll" style these guys were playing is gone for good. This is death metal the way it was meant to be: Fast, heavy and brilliant. And the most important thing: No fillers! Every song keeps up to the album.

I discovered Gorefest way back in the day by buying their demo tapes. And then they progressively went down the drain, IMHO, so I was really looking forward to this one. "Rise to Ruin" is a great comeback. and it has "early/mid 90's death metal with a modern twist" written all over it.

Absolutely recommended.