Lich King
World Gone Dead


4.0
excellent

Review

by BlackLlama USER (47 Reviews)
March 5th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Lich King album is like a hug from grandma. Nostalgic, sweet and when it holds on just a little too long it starts to get creepy. Thankfully World Gone Dead will leave you thrashed out and begging for more after just 45 minutes.

Somewhere on the west coast back in 1987, someone wrote a thrash metal hook that was so catchy and neck-snapping that it simply destroyed the entire planet. Thankfully that isn’t true, but Lich King comes damn close on their third release World Gone Dead. Not to take anything away from their previous releases but this one outshines them all. They managed to keep the tongue in cheek mannerisms while laying down some of the sickest thrash grooves of the past 15 years. Spaced out over 10 songs there are enough tempo changes and back beat hooks to satisfy even the most ravenous fan of the genre. The lyrics, as with all of the previous Lich King releases, are what make them a standout act. Albeit the album has a slightly (and I mean SLIGHTLY) less pubescent tone than Toxic Zombie Onslaught the lyrics are still something that most of the teenage and early twenty-something crowds will identify with. Behaver is a stand out track in this regards opening with:

Putting sprinkles on ice cream cones
Being polite when on the phone
Shoveling, walks for the elderly
Carving pumpkins for Halloween


If you are a fan of the bands previous work this should be all too familiar. The rest of the album is sprinkled with liberal amounts of great lyrics and head banging riffs. The production is leaps and bounds above their previous offerings (you can actually hear this one) and it will be great to see what the band does on their 4th release. I do have to point out one more song. A Storm of Swords is based off of the works by George R.R. Martin and is really well done, easily one of the best songs they have done.

The album rounds out great. Second to last is a cover of Aggressive Perfector. If you are going to cover some Slayer at least Lich King did it the right way (which is anything before South of Heaven). Finally we get to Lich King III. Not since the days of Overkill have we been treated to a series of songs that are A. named after the band, B. appear at the end of each album and C. kick major amounts of ass.



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BlackLlama
March 5th 2012


2144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Felt like this one needed a review.

Tyrannic
March 5th 2012


3290 Comments


now that's what i call an awesome opening sentence

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2012


7520 Comments


Good review, pos.

Are these guys a fun thrash band in the vein of Municipal Waste?

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BlackLlama
March 5th 2012


2144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you like Municipal Waste you should love Lich King.

Crysis
Emeritus
March 5th 2012


17253 Comments


Somewhere on the west coast back in 1987, someone wrote a thrash metal hook that was so catchy and neck-snapping that it simply destroyed the entire planet


right on m/

Cells
March 5th 2012


1875 Comments


haha that was a funny analogy

KILL
March 5th 2012


80801 Comments


shit band

Crysis
Emeritus
March 5th 2012


17253 Comments


really? too bad. never heard anything by these guys but their album art n shit is cool

NocteDominum
March 5th 2012


7314 Comments


m/

Somewhere on the west coast back in 1987, someone wrote a thrash metal hook that was so catchy and neck-snapping that it simply destroyed the entire planet

m/

LichKing
April 18th 2012


14 Comments


Awesome band, and so handsome. Everyone loves them. It's the Wyld Stallyns of our time.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
April 18th 2012


19975 Comments


so do you like this band

KILL
April 18th 2012


80801 Comments


nice alt grant

XfingTheSullen
November 28th 2014


4034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. Every LK review that says nothing about World of Warcraft automatically deserves a pos in my book

OscarCotton
July 19th 2017


61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album but only one-track minded retards or guys who are 43 nowadays still say things like "Slayer's only good up to Seasons or South", because then when death metal established itself entirely and it wasn't just death/thrash or whatever the old 80's death bands that had thrash albums with that evil vibe did before being totally their own thing by 1990...well a lot of those guys stopped listening to thrash entirely for a decade+, the drummer in my band's that way, he's back to being able to enjoy thrash made past 1990 but he's well into 90's death metal more than anything out there and it got annoying when I knew him earlier.



He would get to my house, hear a riff and drums that kicked ass "his words" then I say what it is "it's Pantera - Rise"...."turn that shit off!" Not acting like this anymore thankfully.



When he's Divine Intervention and listened to it by himself with headphones, he got it. He said this trashes (heh) some of the bands I liked then. Mortician for example, ugh, we both laugh as hell when listening to Mortician now. Still not as bad as black metal. I love me some death metal, I'm just picky about it. The stuff by bands in the 80's going death/thrash, I'm a big fan of, but also Death's Spiritual Healing, Suffocation's Despise The Sun EP (DM comes better as EP's, if the songs are all as epic as on Despise the Sun, it packs a punch that isn't overly long and with a bunch of fillers.

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