Album Review: The Lurking Fear – Out Of The Voiceless Grave

A Lurking Fear - Out Of The Voiceless Grave

Out Of The Voiceless Grave is a no-bullshit, cut to the chase, monster of toxic, raw and brutal death metal, that excel with it’s arsenal of sonic memorable riffs.

 

What’s to expect when a death metal supergroup put out their debut album. First of all supergroups are often not very interesting, I think I’ve listened to quite many “supergroups” that never have awoken my interest. So this supergroup consists of people behind At The Gates, Skitsystem, The Haunted, Disfear and God Macabre. That actually sounds quite promising, and looking these bands, we have already a lot of metal subgenres present. Most prominent is off course At The Gates, that we know for its compelling melodic death metal.

But this record is more a “to the core” death metal album, as you would have expected it to sound like in the late 80’s. But it’s so much more than that. By all means, you can hear the references to bands like Death, Slayer, Morbid Angel and more, but this record updates the classic death metal to 2017.

Out Of The Voiceless Grave is a no-bullshit, cut to the chase, monster of toxic, raw and brutal death metal, that excel, with it’s arsenal of sonic memorable riffs.

This is what happens, when you pair five dedicated musicians, that  have had years and years in experience writing great metal songs. This is what comes out when you have 5 guys, playing their asses off in an effort to make an album, that is reflecting their inner death-metal self exposed.

A detail that I personally find interesting is that the lyrical theme of the album, circles around the universe of H.P. Lovecraft.

One Hell Of A Debut Album

There is not one song on Out Of The Voiceless Grave that doesn’t attempt to break your back or tear your ears off. Every single song brings something to the table, and it’s not only “classic” death metal, it’s more than that. I personally hear references to blackened death-metal like Behemoth, I hear some goth like references here and there and even a few references to melodic death metal as well. All this is very subtle but still it’s there.

The sound on Out Of The Voiceless Grave is right in your face, it’s non polished, even sounding a bit like it could have been recorded live, at least some of it. The drum sound is rich and saturated, the guitars are just brutal and performed to excellence, vocals the same. This is also part of the update of death metal to 2017, the sound is just so much more brutal, than we heard on Death’s Leprosy. No bad thing to say about Death, they had their era and is still a favourite, but it is really refreshing to hear The Lurking Fear’s taking on death metal anno 2017.

A great aspect of Out Of The Voiceless Grave, is that it develops the further you travel into the record. For me it really unfolds around halfway through where you get acquainted to the sound of The Lurking Fear. Then it really takes you a step further, revealing new sides of the music. I enjoy the faint uses of synths here and there, it really gives a bit more doomy atmosphere to the sound.

The Lurking Fear has made a hell of a debut album, and I sincerely hope this is not the last we are going to hear from them

Highlights

For me it’s primarily the songs from about halfway through, but as mentioned, there really is no bad songs on this album. Personal favourite for now are : Teeth of the dark planes and Winged Death.

Out Of The Voiceless Grave is out on Century Media Records, and is available at most larger online shops and off course century media distro

Out Of The Voiceless Grave isn’t really streaming anywhere, but you can off course hear it on spotify or check out some of their videos, do give them a visit on their facebook

 

 

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The Lurking Fear - Out Of The Voiceless Grave

The Lurking Fear - Out Of The Voiceless Grave
9.2

Sound/Production

9.0 /10

Mood

9.5 /10

Innovation

9.0 /10

Pros

  • The best death metal album of 2017 this far
  • A Strong release with excellent songs
  • A brutal and raw sound

Cons

  • Nothing really

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