Unanimated
Ancient God of Evil


4.0
excellent

Review

by Darkvoid67 USER (32 Reviews)
March 23rd, 2011 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great sounding second outing- nothing more, nothing less

Melodic death metal gets a lot of flack. Be it for its lack of originality (We Are the Void, Dark Tranquillity), lack of serious punch (A Sense of Purpose, In Flames) or for its sheer monotony (Across the Dark, Insomnium), it is fair to say that the genre had dropped off the scale as of late. Ironically, one often finds they have to look back through the catalogues of time to dig up some of the best efforts around and Unanimated’s first two offerings are pretty dam decent. “Ancient God of Evil” was released in 1995 amid the flurry of the genre’s heavyweights and while it lacks the serious punch of “Slaughter of the Soul” and furious lead guitar of “The Gallery”, the groups second effort is more than worth listening to for any fans of proper, old school death metal of the melodic kind.

Perhaps the greatest strength of “Ancient God of Evil” is that it is incredibly solid, with no real weak track on display. And while there is no real standout either, all of the songs have an element of catchiness and ferocity that will please all of those wanting a bit more bite from the genre. Opener “Life Demise”, which featured in “Haggard: The Movie” (no, me neither) is probably the strongest track on here, being nothing more than a guitar and symphonic lead belter while “Dead Calm” has riffs akin to Satyricon’s masterpiece “Nemesis Divina” which only adds to its appeal. Much like fellow genre compatriots “Gates of Ishtar” the band takes a much more black metal oriented path than, say At the Gates or Dark Tranquillity and this adds further to its appeal. Hell, this could even be used as a gateway into the genre of black metal, for the gritty production and symphonics give it an atmosphere which feels almost too cold, too harsh for the boundaries of melodic death metal.

And it’s not only the instrumentation which should get a nod of approval. Vocalist Micke Jansson puts in a performance akin to Mikael Stanne during the days of “The Gallery” and Opeth’s earliest works and his vocal content isn’t bad either. Everywhere are references to a cold, barren and desolate wasteland akin to the early days of Darkthrone, and while unoriginal the delivery and emotion behind the lyrics means this fault can go unnoticed.

“Ancient God of Evil” really is solid, old school melodic death metal of the good kind. The guitars are full of melody, punch and even groove at times, the scarce use of extra symphonics means that when such sections come along they are even more effective than perhaps they should be and the lyrics of Jansson fit alongside the music well. Even if it is a tad unoriginal and overshadowed by other releases, those looking for great outing into the blackened side of melodic death metal should certainly pick this up.

Recommended Tracks:
1. Life Demise
2. Eye of the Greyhound
3. The Depth’s of a Black Sea
4. Mirielle
5. Dead Calm



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Darkvoid67
March 23rd 2011


383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Keeping personal rating at a 3.5 although when I read my review it seemed more like a four. This is some seriously good stuff, especially as its everyone favoutire genre of melo-death. Anyway, tell me how I did and any improvements

ffs
March 23rd 2011


4878 Comments


yeah thi s is good

ButcheredChildren
March 23rd 2011


5591 Comments


goddamn it another album I need to listen to
there should be more hours in a day so I have more time for this stuff

Darkvoid67
March 23rd 2011


383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ agreed brother. I wouldn't necessarily put this at the top of the to-do list, but yeah its a great listen

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2011


18490 Comments


Nice to see this reviewed. One of the select few melodeath albums i can stand listening to. Pos'd.

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ButcheredChildren
March 23rd 2011


5591 Comments


well it's not number 1... I have some Meads Of Asphodel as first
but I will definately go through this and rate it by tonight

Darkvoid67
March 23rd 2011


383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers Hyperion.
@ ButcheredChildren Isn't that Meads lot a black metal folk kinda thingy? I saw them in Metal Hammer and never followed them up

ButcheredChildren
March 23rd 2011


5591 Comments


Yah their black metal/avant-garde, not in the same way that Sigh is though because they focus more of blasphemy and the European medieval era. The vocalist is okay but the instrumentation and experimentation the band uses is phenomenal.

Crimson Death
March 23rd 2011


533 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I was obsessed with The Depths of the Black Sea a long time ago, and Eyes of the Greyhound (for the Dissection similarity) it has grown off me quite a bit. Good album though.

ButcheredChildren
March 24th 2011


5591 Comments


Reminds me of very old In Flames like back during the time of Lunar Strain.
I wasn't really impressed but this is a good album and you wrote a good review so pos'd!

Darkvoid67
March 24th 2011


383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers dude. It aint for everyone but I liked it cos it was a bit different

Shuyin
February 10th 2012


11642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fantastic album

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ValeriusTheImmortal
February 10th 2012


1237 Comments


too melodic

Shuyin
February 10th 2012


11642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its melodic death metal, man. and its good melodeath too.

CaptainDooRight
July 31st 2012


29147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

al is pretty melodic yeah, solid but it could be more heavy and focus more on crush while keeping their melodic signatures

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MasterBel
February 27th 2013


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my faves albums of all time. Great review.

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oltnabrick
April 10th 2013


30863 Comments


artwork is so goofy

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Pestiferouss
December 29th 2013


269 Comments


so are these vox

CaptainDooRight
May 9th 2014


29147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the drums are excellent on this

Funeralopolis
June 20th 2014


11373 Comments


nice sounds like dark tranquillity if they were good

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