The Wakedead Gathering
Tenements of Ephemera


3.5
great

Review

by Edwin USER (14 Reviews)
May 7th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A decent throwback to old school death metal.

You’ve heard it all before: the galloping riffs, the swift drumming, the guttural screams of despair; The Wakedead Gathering are here to run you through the familiar formula once again.

Since Scream Bloody Gore back in 1987, innumerable bands have attempted to emulate that doctrine of death metal. Some have succeeded – Cryptopsy, Morbid Angel and the like, come to mind – while others have not. It is always refreshing to see a truly competent modern band bring an impressive album to the surface in this genre. The Wakedead Gathering have done just that with their 2010 debut LP, ‘Tenements of Ephemera’.

There is little ground being broken here; listeners who are waiting for a new wave of death metal revolution will have to look elsewhere. What is offered, is a set of tracks which will be pleasing to the ear for a number of spins, but also a set of tracks which will inevitably become indistinctive.

This release is unique, in that it was solely written and performed by one single musician, Andrew Lampe; it is astonishing that a single performer could record each instrument, as well as vocals, with such authority. Lampe is clearly not afraid to drop the tempo in order to crush their listener – in fact, the most distinguishing aspect of his sound is this ability to slow the world down to a crawl. The Wakedead Gathering appear much more comfortable in walking rather than running, which is fine, seeing as this is where their material becomes truly heavy and more appealing. The rhythm section keeps up, and keeps things chugging along.

Vocally, Lampe's performance is rather impressive. It may be the same rasping cry that most bands approach this genre with, but gee it goes down well, particularly in partnership with the slower sections of their songs. The words behind the lyrics are reasonable enough; ‘Wasps from the Chamber of the Divine’ is about as fascinating as a song subject will get on this release.

All in all, and particularly for a debut effort, ‘Tenements of Ephemera’ is a solid album. Yes, you’ve heard it all before, and there really isn’t anything to be found here which is greatly inspired, but it’s still as heavy as a dugong wearing a lead hat. If you like this kind of stuff, The Wakedead Gathering are well worth checking out – this will probably be near to the top of my death metal favourites for this year.



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rasputin
May 7th 2010


14545 Comments


this review gives off the impression that you know the album is 'old school death metal' but you've never actually heard any of the bands that Wakedead Gathering imitates/has been influenced by

also pointing out that you didn't even bother to do any research whatsoever, or you would know that this is not a band but a single artist

jingledeath
May 7th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

still not sure what to rate this

Edwin
May 7th 2010


1399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh, fuck. Rasputin is totally right, this is a single artist, and I completely forgot about that, was thinking that was a different band. I'll re-do this some time.

witchxrapist
May 7th 2010


11039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

going on my blog tomo

witchxrapist
May 7th 2010


11039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

immolation + incantation

witchxrapist
May 7th 2010


11039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This guy is incredibly talented.

Phantom
May 7th 2010


8930 Comments


This review told me nothing tbh, considering negging.

Edwin
May 7th 2010


1399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Neg away. At least someone bothered to add this to the database and review it, albeit with a rushed and crap review.

Zoo
May 8th 2010


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha, should've got it from my blog post dude, would've saved you some trouble

http://thecelestialmanifest.blogspot.com/2010/04/wakedead-gathering-tenements-of.html

witchxrapist
May 8th 2010


11039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://yousmelllikepaste.blogspot.com

its on here too

ill review this at some point

Hawks
January 26th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really damn good.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2011


18492 Comments


Drums on this are beyond obnoxious.

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