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Bestial, Rotten, Evil...What a Debut! - 93%

CHRISTI_NS_ANITY8, February 8th, 2008

I was already amazed (in a good way) by the Corpse demo in 1986 and I had to write this review about the very first Grave album. After several demos, finally they succeeded in releasing this great full length in 1991, and it’s all about pure Swedish death metal style. Entombed and Carnage were the first but Grave cannot be considered followers, not at all!!!

The level of brutality in this album has few paragons…While Entombed in this year began to release songs with a different approach, Grave takes no prisoners with this debut. It can be easily considered their most brutal album during the career. The guitar sound is so rotten, low tuned and underground while the drum is always pounding and bad ass.

“Deformed” is the opener and still nowadays it is played in every gig. The up tempos are neverending and the vocals far more extreme than Entombed ones. No melody at all, except the one, hellish, of the guitars. Forget the mid paced, “cleaner” tempos of “You’ll Never See…” album; this is total impact. The Slayer evilness can be found in most of the riffs and structures. The odd, evil riffs of “In Love” are amazing, followed by fast solos, never technique but made to destroy.

With “For Your God” the level rottenness is so high...unbelievable. Here can really see Repulsion influences with the first blast beats. The sequence “Hating Life”-“Into The Grave”-“Extremely Rotten Flesh” is truly bestial in malevolence and impact. Especially the title track with some wise use of keys sound. Truly hellish.

Truly obscure the beginning of “Day Of Mourning” where the group shows a more mature songwriting with stop and go, bass breaks and speed restarts. The guitar lines on “Inhuman” are very evil and well guided by fast blast beats. Like the other songs before it, “Banished To Live” begins with a short mid paced tempos to transform in up tempos. Powerful and always rotten.

In a effort like this it’s easy to be a bit repetitive but Grave, without sacrificing impact and brutality, are able to create always very good songs and characteristic tempos or riffs that help the listener in distinguish them. Very good work. A classic.