Once upon a time, I preferred a modest helping of melody in my death metal. These days, I prefer moderation; it’s too easy to rely on worn out, saccharine templates. On their latest album, Lay Down Rotten nail a victorious ratio of harmony to massacre. Deathspell Catharsis is ridiculously well crafted, crammed full of compelling riffs and songwriting.
Lay Down Rotten display admirable architectural instincts; Deathspell Catharsis beckons you in with dynamics that demand much banging of the head. The compelling rhythmic panoply recalls both Amon Amarth and Lamb of God in their earliest incarnations. The melodic accents evoke the sinister sensibilities of God Dethroned in their prime. Sublime, shredding leads wrap up this wickedly complete package.
This was my first encounter with Lay Down Rotten; I was completely unaware of their existence, let alone their tenure on Metal Blade records. Given their ability to sustain my interest throughout a lengthy LP, I think it’s high time to check out their catalog.
Deathspell Catharsis is out on February 11th. Check a track below: