BLACK THRONE OF ALL CREATION
Holy Suffocation, is this a tribute band? Actually, it's not. Dehuman is a Belgian death metal band that claims themselves to be an "old school death metal" band, and they are certainly right on the mark with that. BLACK THRONE OF ALL CREATION certainly could have done well in 1996 or so...long before this genre was uprooted and bastardized by all the influence of Metalcore to ruin future generations of sonic death.
While I appreciate the old school sound that Dehuman has, they unfortunately sound like they might have recorded with gear that hasn't been updated since the '90s as well.
While the musical direction of BLACK THRONE OF ALL CREATION is good, the actual sonics of the music are plagued with a tired, old and flat sound that really weakens the all out assault of their music. Songs like "Monstrosity In The Hands Of God" are pretty brutal and driving, but suffer greatly from an early black metal, poor sound you might have gotten from kids trading tapes at a deathfest a decade ago. It's too bad too, because these guys truly have some great chops. Listening to blasts of rage like "Harvest The Sun" showcase musical and songwriting skills that a good portion of their contemporaries lack. This song is surprisingly good, but really gets dragged down by the production. There's a guitar spot in this song that reminds me of the guitar squeals that Machine Head incorporated on THE MORE THINGS CHANGE album and Skinlab did thorughout their career. Unfortunately though, it's flat and sounds like it was recorded in a practice spot instead of a good studio. Sadly, this flat sound simply plagues the entire release.
PITRIFF RATING - 62/100 - Re-recorded in a good studio by someone that understands the dynamics needed to capture this type of music, you are looking at a solid 90/100 here. I'm not asked to write about what if scenarios though, but what I hear on each disc. This is clearly a failed production release that still doesn't suck in spite of it being enormously diminishing to the overall score. While I'll almost certainly never listen to this again, I'll anticipate a new release later with more dynamic sound. These guys have the chops.