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Review: Anasarca - Survival Mode
Survival Mode

Label: Independent
Year released: 2015
Duration: 16:43
Tracks: 5
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 2, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Survival Mode

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

After, hmmm... many years of recording silence (10-11 years?), German Death Metal troops Anasarca have come back with a brand-new promotional recording, featuring four new songs and one intro. Anasarca's third and latest full-length studio album, Dying, was released on Danish label Mighty Music in 2004, and I did not expect to hear from them ever again.

I am so glad I was wrong about this. Anasarca's creative break from the music business has only done good for them. They haven't forgotten their roots and still count on the power of heavy and crispy old-school Death Metal, as if they never went away. Their sound is still heavily based on early 90s period of Death Metal, reminding me of bands like Demigod, Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Morbid Angel and such. Having only Michael Dormann (bass and vocals) from the original line-up (the rest of the line-up features both current and ex-members of Tears of Decay, Toforgive, Despondency and so on), Anasarca's current line-up seems to know exactly how the band should sound. No trendy bullshit here, no over-polished production, but sheer kick-assery in the name of the heydays of Death Metal, like it was the only acceptable form of music that mattered to the metalheads back in the day.

Anasarca's survival mode is in a fine shape in 2015. If you are a fan of old-school Death Metal, then I bet you don't want to miss this release.

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