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Will hit hard but will fade a bit in the long run - 80%

dipym666, October 20th, 2014

Think Nile (not only because of the George Kollias connection) and you would think that will pretty much sum Ade’s existence. To some extent that wouldn’t be a wrong estimate but also be a little off course because Ade are slightly different musically and subject wise. Ade is apart from the Brutal/Slam death metal scene in Italy. The band focuses on technical brutal death metal first and then mixes some ambience in the form of traditional instrumentation. This is what sets them apart from conventional brutal death metal. The instrumentation is tasteful and doesn’t dominate the record and it’s still crushing death metal which you can headbang your neck off.

From start to finish, its George Kollias’s drumming style that almost overwhelms everything else, but doesn’t do so as the guitar work is mighty good here. The two guitarists trade riff for riff and also manage to pull off some good solos which are a good addition to the album. So we have traditional instruments, guitar work that is interspersed with technical death metal riffs, eastern flavoured leads and staccatos, almost machine like drumming and pain drenched growls.

‘Betrayer from Thrace’ starts off with some traditional instrumentation before breaking away to other above mentioned traits. Everything is present in ample amounts that provide an idea of the structure of the record. ‘The Endless Runaway’ has an eastern melodic guitar driven intro before the wheels start spinning faster leading into the groove that Ade operates within. ‘Duelling the Shadow of Spartacus’ is the closest that the band gets to Nile. The riffs are downright crushing but have the distinct Nile-ish eastern style fade out. Solos are also generously scattered throughout the songs like ‘Betrayer from Thrace’, ‘Crixius Flags of Dishonor’ and ‘Duelling the Shadow of Spartacus’. Worth noting that the album picks up tempo from the second half, not only in terms of intensity but also due to a better combination of traditional instrumentation, atmospherics and brutality. By now, Spartacus is rattling on in furious fashion. ‘Mars's Unpredictable Favour’, ‘Decimate the Coward’ and ‘...For Everything to Be the Same’ raise the catchiness levels slightly higher ending the album on a high.

Spartacus is a great album for death metal fans – brutal death or old school. It’s a good addition to break the monotony that the new death metal bands put forward. The only drawbacks I can think of are a treble oriented production, loudness treatment and its mechanical songwriting tendency. Of course the latter being subject to individual preferences. However, the album definitely could have received a warmer treatment in the production department. But musically this is at par with the best technical brutal death albums. Note: please go easy with the volume on this one!