|Review: God Dethroned - Into The Lungs Of Hell|
|Into The Lungs Of Hell|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: August 18, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Into The Lungs Of Hell
Rated 2.46/5 (49.23%) (13 Votes)
Now I recall quite a bit of brouhaha right here on this very board when this album was released. A lot of old GD fans seem to think this album is a shitpile and want nothing to do with it. For their fifth full-length album this reliably evil band seems to have cleaned up their sound and image a bit. And despite the fact that this is a pretty good album, I have to say it is a big step back from the unbridled fury of "Ravenous".
Musically God Dethroned are still in that general Black/Death category with bands like Behemoth, Naglfar, and Belphegor. But with this CD they have pretty firmly stepped into Death Metal country with only a few Black touches here and there. Previously this band has been known for their strongly melodic songwriting, but their savagery and lyrical content has kept them from being thrown in the Gothenburger bin. Here they have slowed down, cleaned up, and are veering very much into In Flames/Dark Tranquility territory. This is not a bad album, but it largely lacks the brutal edge that GD always brought to the table. And what happened to the lyrics? The band unwisely included descriptions of what each song is about, so that we know that the otherwise enjoyable "Slaughtering The Faithful" is a tree-hugger hymn about animal rights. Is this the same band that produced "The Christhunt" with a parboiled animal fetus on the cover?
The album opener is a bit slow, and never gets really going. Fortunately "The Warcult" kicks ass with full-throttle GD style, and "Enemy Of The State" is pretty good too. "Soul Sweeper" is dull and repetitive, and even though the lyrics are wussy "Slaughtering The Faithful" kicks some serious ass. Of the remaining tracks, the only one that really grabs is "Subliminal". I would have to say that the biggest problem with this album is that so much of it is just OK, when we know this band can do much better than just OK. A new band with this album would get more credit, but after "Ravenous" God Dethroned can't get away with this kind of half-assed crap. I know this band can do better, we all know it. But I get the feeling they are selling out. They have a new one coming out soon, and with song titles like "Sigma Enigma" and "The Last Zip Of Spit" (I'm not making that up) I don't have high hopes. "Into The Lungs Of Hell" doesn't suck, but from a band as good as this one, it is a disappointment. I fear worse to come.
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