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Review: Deathquintet - Godwork

Label: Independent
Year released: 2013
Duration: 48:57
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: June 20, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)

Godwork is the debut full-length from Sweden's Deathquintet (formerly known as Sargatanas Reign). What you get is some non-descript Death Metal that is neither too brutal nor too melodic. Musically, Deathquintet plays a style of Thrash not too far removed from the late 80s, before Death Metal became enamored with blast beats. Where Godwork separates itself from the pack is in the vocal department. Deathquintet's vocalist, Petter Haukland, handles the microphone on tracks 1 and 2 (and the two bonus tracks on the disc I was sent) while other Death Metal luminaries take turns with a couple of songs each. You've got the high, dry shrieks of At the Gates' Tomas Lindberg ("Crawl on Your Feet" and "My Burden") and the throaty belching of Scar Symmetry's Robert Karlsson ("As the Canvas Frays" and "Cross My Heart"), in addition to Finntroll's Mathias Lillmåns and Dimension Zero's Joakim Göthberg. While this plethora of vocalists, all with somewhat different styles, may seem like a recipe for something unique, Deathquintet's songwriting is too safe and generic to allow any of the songs to rise above the rest. The songs on Godwork are well played but they only add up to just another conventional and predictable Death Metal album.

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