For a brief period of time in the very early 90’s, Swedish death metal ruled the scene, its chainsaw chug eventually gave us the likes of melodic death metal and death n’ roll and gave its American counterparts a real run for their money. More recently, that old school Swedish death metal sound is on the rise again as Daemonicus return with ‘Eschaton’ their first studio album since 2012.
Fans of that old school Swedish death metal sound will have fans standing a rather wet puddle, with this release, Daemonicus have almost gone right back to the start and through riffs which chugga-chugga-chugga along like a chainsaw cutting through flesh and bone. This does mean that tracks such as ‘Fate Sealed By Faith, ‘Heretic Trials’ and the superb ‘The Grand Inquisitor’ with its requiem mass opening (just try not to quote Monty Python, go on, I dare you) have all the appeal of Entombed and Dismember whilst Daemonicus show that they have their finger on the pulse by having the enjoyability of Lik and Feral.
For those familiar with the Swedish death metal sound, then ‘Eschaton’ sounds exactly like that, it hardly pushes any boundaries or breaks any mould. But who cares? It does this sound fucking well and at the end of the day, that’s all you can ask for.
"old-school Swedish death metal done right"
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