Vital Remains
Let Us Pray


5.0
classic

Review

by Jack Boaden USER (29 Reviews)
February 21st, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wow.

Album opener "War In Paradise" cements Vital Remains as being one of the genre's best bands, along with Morbid Angel and Death. The key to this collection of beautifully composed and carefully paced tracks is, without a doubt, guitarist Tony Lazaro. His skill on his instrument is absolutely undeniable, and his eerie melodies and riffs act as the basis for Vital Remains to construct the rest of their sound around. The band choose to utilize longer song lengths, with most tracks falling around the six minute mark, which alone seperate the band from most of their contemporaries.

The phrase "half-arsed job" isn't in the band's dictionary, as everything on Let Us Pray is as tight and as good as it can be. Vital Remains have a strong focus on song structure and the flow of the album, which puts them leagues above most bands in the scene. The band also play to their strengths and use their influences without coming across as a rip-off. "Uncultivated Grave," for example, has influences of Mercyful Fate and Candlemass, which allows Vital Remains to craft their own unique sound. "Frozen Terror" has a more doom-influenced feeling, and everything works better than it sounds on paper. At times as well, vocalist Jeff Gruslin sounds as though he is influenced heavily by Morbid Angel, without coming off as a carbon copy. He is also far more understandable than most other vocalists in the genre.

Let Us Pray takes the best parts of the best bands around at the same time, including Possessed, early Slayer, early Death and Morbid Angel to create a unique sound, and the album is incredibly strong, especially for a debut. Always uncompromising and never forgiving, it is a necessity for every death metal fan.



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TwoMonthsInTheCold
February 21st 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hate // criticism welcome as always

DirtBagDan
February 21st 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

albums good but not a 5

70sPriestIsBetter
February 21st 2013


1934 Comments


been meaning to check this album out for awhile



DirtBagDan
February 21st 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it rules

TwoMonthsInTheCold
February 21st 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So sick, especially if you like classic DM.

DirtBagDan
February 21st 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed but not a 5

Eclecticist
February 21st 2013


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is definitely not a 5 but it is a great album yea.

DirtBagDan
February 21st 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah no way this is a fucking 5 lol

demigod!
February 21st 2013


44445 Comments


album art is so cool

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DirtBagDan
February 21st 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah agreed the album art is amazing. a lot of dm albums have great album art though

YetAnotherBrick
February 21st 2013


4449 Comments


album is crazy underrated

DirtBagDan
February 21st 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

an average of a 3.7 with half the voters voting 4 or above is not underrated

CaptainDooRight
February 21st 2013


29146 Comments


pos'd

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TwoMonthsInTheCold
February 21st 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cheers for the feedback. Personally, I fuckin' love it. So underrated though, especially when compared to Possessed, Death, Morbid Angel etc

FR33L0RD
September 13th 2013


1464 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Indeed, underrated.


oltnabrick
December 7th 2013


30852 Comments


Wow.

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wacknizzle
December 7th 2013


13250 Comments


Love Dechristianize, gotta check

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oltnabrick
December 7th 2013


30852 Comments


shit band

DikkoZinner
June 20th 2014


3098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heavy Duty

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evilford
August 23rd 2014


22571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this rules, so much better than dechristianize

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