The Dead
Ritual Executions


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
August 8th, 2010 | 107 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: remastered rituals.

So what we have here is a highly original death metal group who go by the name of The Dead – they play a brand of feedback-ridden, sludgy death metal, almost as if Church of Misery had an identity crisis and thought they were Autopsy circa 1991. And they’re Australian. Surprised? I’m not. With some of their musical foundation coming from one of Australia’s death metal pioneers Misery, The Dead formed in 2005 and have since pumped out several demos and two full lengths. Ritual Executions, their second record, was originally self-released in 2009 and limited to 100 copies, but has now been remastered (notably by Aphotic Mote of Portal) and re-released with a wider distribution by Diabolical Conquest Records.

To say that The Dead’s style of death is simplistic is no understatement, but don’t be mistaken into thinking that this is a polka-beat, one-riff pony kind of deal. The guitar lines are remarkably distinctive, a result of the Brisbanian trio melding together the sound of bands like Coffins with an old-school vibe a la Autopsy or Hooded Menace, not to mention their full emphasis on drugged-out, psychedelic groove. Tracks like ‘Born in a Grave’ highlight the band’s shifts from frenetic death metal into groove-oriented riff mastery, and Mike Yee’s guttural spew adds yet another interesting dimension to The Dead’s unique style.

The remaster of the album sees an added focus on delivering a ‘bigger’, fuller sound – the guitar tone is deliciously dense, not only complementing the Autopsy inspired putridity but making it easy to carve out discernible grooves from within the enveloping reverberations. The frenetic bass in the title track giving way to the song’s signature rhythm is one of the catchiest moments on the record, and it’s exemplified even further by the album’s fluid production. In fact, it’s almost a certainty that every song on Ritual Executions will throw impenetrable and head-banging riffs at you, with perhaps the sole exception of the closer, ‘Death Metal Suicide’. This ten minute mid-paced dirge is an entirely instrumental piece that invokes feelings of sentimentality and nostalgia through its slower rhythm and classic-rock inspired melodies.

The Dead are just another example of Australia’s knack for churning out distinctive death metal – while riding the wave along with bands like Ignivomous, Aethyvorous, Cemetery Urn and Portal, The Dead are stylistically divergent from their geographical contemporaries, and within the confines of death metal as well. Ritual Executions is remarkably accessible on a track by track listen, but its longevity is greatly lengthened as layers from each of the songs are peeled away. The simple fact here is that the catchiness of a band’s sludgy death metal is not so far removed from the catchiness of a pop record, all while taking advantage of the durability that comes with any good death metal album. Just as it has been for me, it’s because of this that I’m assured Ritual Executions won’t leave your CD players.



Recent reviews by this author
Hoax HoaxHakaristi Hakaristi
Burial Invocation Rituals of the GrotesqueEibon Entering Darkness
Abe Sada / Sub Ordnance Redux / Organ GrinderIron Lung/Mind Eraser/HS/Scapegoat Brutal Supremacy
user ratings (9)
Chart.
3.9
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
DBlitz
August 8th 2010


1690 Comments


need to check this out good review tho i think

illmitch
August 8th 2010


5429 Comments


whoever negged this is a faggot

great review kiss me berkay

chrlz
August 8th 2010


47 Comments


[IMG]http://imgur.com/AkKjt.png[/IMG]

kount
August 8th 2010


1279 Comments


lkook at dat rating average

chrlz
August 8th 2010


47 Comments


two towers LOL

kount
August 8th 2010


1279 Comments


DEATH METAL SUICIDE

kount
August 8th 2010


1279 Comments


this is never leaving my walkman

Spare
August 8th 2010


5306 Comments


[img]http://imgur.com/AkKjt.png[/img]

Digging: Best Witches - Wishes

rasputin
August 8th 2010


14544 Comments


not out on cassette what is this 2010 or something

illmitch
August 8th 2010


5429 Comments


[img]http://www.musicianforums.com/forums/image.php?u=261672&dateline=1281246233[/img]

liledman
August 8th 2010


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

might be purchasing this, yay for tax return.

rasputin
August 8th 2010


14544 Comments


it's €8 euro/$10 US/$11 AUD shipped anywhere, worth it

bailar11
August 8th 2010


2433 Comments


iz dis trv kvlt rasputin?

kount
August 8th 2010


1279 Comments


here come faggots

TheDeadOfficialBand
August 8th 2010


1 Comments


okay WHOA pump THE MOTHERFUCKIN BRAKES first FUCKING OFF! what is up WITH all the FUKING HATORADE?! WE worked our asses off on this REMASTER so whoever out there u fuckers behind your computer screen FUCK OFF WITH THE 1 RATINGS AND GO BACK TO YOUR NICKLBACK OR MILYE CYRUS

Spare
August 8th 2010


5306 Comments


[img]http://imgur.com/AkKjt.png[/img]

Bitchfork
August 8th 2010


7584 Comments


lolol

jingledeath
August 8th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

got this a while back but some of the files where corrupt so i'll have to re-get it.

rasputin
August 8th 2010


14544 Comments


there's a link on s4d, is that the one that was corrupt? coz it's straight from the label

TheDeadRemastered
August 8th 2010


1 Comments


WHAT THE FUCK



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy