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gk, December 11th, 2008

Feral Creation is only Thorium’s third album in close to eleven years. Starting off as a time pass venture for some veterans of the Danish death metal scene from bands like Withering Surface, Iniquity and Taetre, over the years the lineup has remained unsteady and the band was little more than an excuse to drink beer and pay homage to the old school. That status quo changed earlier this year when the band finally confirmed a steady lineup and released Feral Creation.

This is a monster death metal album. I’d say right at the start that this one gives the new Demiurg a run for its money and is overall one of the death metal highlights of the year. Thorium’s sound is basically the old school Swedish death metal of Left Hand Path era Entombed along with early Dismember and Unleashed. This sound is wrapped up in a blistering modern production that leaves the guitars with plenty of bite and crunch with vocals that remind me of the rabid approach of LG Petrov on Wolverine Blues and To Ride….. While the predominant influence is the Swedish old school, like most modern death metal bands, there is a fair bit of the Florida sound to be found as well. Morbid angel and Deicide are once again the chief suspects. What makes Thorium really stand out from the pack though is that they manage to write these big fat grooves that just keep coming.

Highlights of the album include the awesome opener and title song Feral Creation which has some kickass grooves and a vocal performance from Michael H. Andersen that really sets the tone for what’s to come. Gates of Utumno is another killer song with a mid paced groovy beginning before exploding into a Morbid Angel type part that is just killer. Unbound is another song that sounds like a rabid Entombed/ Unleashed combo and features another terrific vocal performance from Anderson. There isn’t really a bad or even average song on this album with most of the material falling into the “very good” category.

Overall, I’d say that Thorium sound like a band with a point or two to prove and they do a damn good job of it on Feral Creation. The songs are aggressive, groovy and heavy as fuck and there really isn’t anything more that I can ask from a death metal band. Feral Creation is one of the definite death metal highlights of the year and an album that deserves to be check out.

Originally written for http://www.kvltsite.com