MONSTROSITY - Spiritual Apocalypse

Monstrosity - Spiritual Apocalypse

10 songs
46:02 minutes
***** ****
Metal Blade

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Welcome back, Monstrosity! It’s been more than three years since their last CD Rise To Power, and many people might already have forgotten this underdog cult band from Florida. Monstrosity started out in the late Eighties, in the full bloom of the rise of death metal, and although they never reached the status of bands like Death, Obituary or Morbid Angel, their fifth album Spiritual Apocalypse shows without a doubt that they are by far the best death metal band about.

Monstrosity are a very technical band, but at the same time they always keep a warm and earthy sound. This allows them to maintain a style that was fashionable fifteen years ago, but at the same time they take advantage of modern production values. In the end this is never as cold and mechanical as most East Coast death metal bands, but always far more complex and intelligent than the Scandinavian sound.

Of course, the true death metal classics have already been written. This is no Scream Bloody Gore, Slowly We Rot or Altars Of Madness. Spiritual Apocalypse doesn’t have the weird pop appeal of those pioneer works, but a modern death metal album can’t possibly come with a better sound and more devastating guitar chords. This is a perfect combination of brain candy and evil brutality, needs more than a by-passed listening experience to fully develop, but shows in the end that this is the only possible future for the death metal genre to survive!

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