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Review: Fatalist - The Depths of Inhumanity
The Depths of Inhumanity

Label: Ibex Moon Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 44:15
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: January 25, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Depths of Inhumanity

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

Fatalist do not fuck around. Their web site (yes, they have a real web site, not just one of those useless Myspace pages – bands take note) has "Old School Swedish Death Metal" written in big letters, and that's exactly what they are. No, no, we're not talking about melodic death metal (à la In Flames et al.) here. No. Before that. Late 80s/early 90s stuff, preceding both the watered-down melodeath and the ûber speedy and technical death metal that would come later.

Heavy, sharp and abrasive guitar work is the main element here. This grinds so much, it's almost like they're sanding your bones with that guitar and it'll make your teeth cringe – in a good way. Sometimes half way between dirty thrash and the US death metal sound, musically this can even appeal to those who aren't into death metal at all. On the fastest songs it almost sounds like the guitar is riding atop agitated waves – it's hard to explain in words but I just love the result. They also have their (much) slower moments, where things get heavier and just pound your eardrums into submission. The drums also don't fall into the trap of more modern death metal, never going into hyperspeed and just blastbeating like there's no tomorrow – none of that, just fast and heavy enough to accompany the guitar, not to win a speed contest. Gotta love it. The vocal style is growl-ish, but borrows a little bit from thrash as well, so it's very throaty and, well, decipherable at times. The bands throws in a few melodic passages here and there, which is quite a departure from the otherwise raw and grinding death metal on offer and can feel a bit odd, but nevertheless fits nicely into the ensemble.

Not a boring moment, albeit sometimes a little bit same-y, this is the kind of album that's entertaining enough that you won't feel screwed if you left for a car ride and forgot your other CDs at home. If you miss the old Swedish sound and have heard all that was released back in the day, The Depths of Inhumanity might just be what the doctor ordered to quench your thirst.

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