|Review: Ghastly - Death Velour|
Label: 20 Buck Spin
Year released: 2018
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: June 19, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
Finland's Ghastly have been around for some ten years now, and I got this promo some three years ago (I'm playing catch up). I didn't hear their previous stuff, nor their new 2021 album, so no comparisons here if that's what you expected. They play old school, slow to mid-paced death metal that doesn't revolutionize the genre (if that's even possible at this point), but they can deliver the goods. Their brand of death metal is heavy and vicious, with lots of very sharp guitar work with melodies and sheer heavy riffing that gets stuck in your head after just one listen. There's something about the vocal and music combination on Death Velour that kind of stands out. It's a somewhat brutal and dark atmosphere, but the melodies they sneak in to complement the heaviness and borderline brutality really make this album shine and give it a personality that you don't always find in those bands worshipping the old school. It's kind of a hybrid of brutal and doomy death metal and, if not addictive, it's definitely a cool listen while it's on.
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