Seance
Fornever Laid to Rest


4.0
excellent

Review

by Madbutcher3 USER (89 Reviews)
January 28th, 2012 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing new for the time, just crushing Swedish death metal with some US metal influence.

Generally when digging into the old school death metal surface one generally encounters bands like Cryptopsy, Entombed, Gorguts, Immolation and Suffocation early, before finding less well known bands. However, some bands are unknown to a great deal of old school death metal followers, despite crushing and skilled performances on album. Seance definitely fits in this group, and on their first album they deliver a mix of the crushing power of Dismember and other fellow Swedish bands with the speed of American bands such as Malevolent Creation.


It's fairly easy to say that the musicianship displayed on this album is fairly standard of the death metal crowd, which generally means very strong indeed. The Haunted main man Patrik Jensen plays brutally powerful riffs with co-guitarist Tony Kampner, with both speed and brutal slow sections being featured in their playing. Vocalist Johan Larsson provides fairly standard vocals and a nice and audible bass to the mix, while drummer Micke plays fast double bass and some interesting time signatures at times, but always with precision and power.

The album immediately throws a quick punch with Who Will Not Be Dead, showing the great speed and prowess as it storms through several powerful and catchy riffs with Larsson providing some of his more guttural vocals before the song slows down into a technical set of riffs. Similar power is provided by tracks like The Blessing of Death and Haunter, both of which capable of satisfying the Swedish death metal listener and the American death metal equivalent (though especially the latter as the tracks certainly feature greater speed than the average Swedish type song). Reincarnage is closer to a Swedish death metal style song at times and also provides technical goods on top of that, and Necronomicon provides plenty of crushing and slow riffs with the occasional interesting vocal effect. Pretty much every track here is very good, even the close to filler Winds Of Gehenna, which is entirely instrumental but still an entertaining track.

If there's any problem with this album it's how overly consistent it is. There isn't THAT much variation in song structure and while it's technical and powerful and the suchlike there's a good chance of it repelling the inexperienced death metal listener. However, for the experienced listener of the genre this should be a fulfilling experience.

Recommended Tracks:
Reincarnage
The Blessing Of Death
Haunter
Necronomicon
(Seriously, any of the tracks on this album are a decent start to it)



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Crysis
Emeritus
January 28th 2012


17375 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album

BallsToTheWall
January 28th 2012


49669 Comments


M/

Digging: White Lion - Pride

Wizard
January 28th 2012


20209 Comments


This sounds awesome and pos' for review.

with Larsson providing some some of his more

Still needs a bit of proofreading though.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 28th 2012


19985 Comments


sweet record fade is gay

ValeriusTheImmortal
January 28th 2012


1237 Comments


"its ok i guess dont remeber shit from this shit" [2]

ValeriusTheImmortal
January 28th 2012


1237 Comments


more sunlight studios sausage factory compressed generic Swedish death metal, not bad but not great. listen to it if you love (Swedish) death metal, otherwise skip straight to Gorement - The Ending Quest.

ShadowRemains
September 21st 2012


25011 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been awhile since i gave this a spin, riffs so hard

evilford
October 25th 2012


42100 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dam this slays

oltnabrick
August 6th 2013


36926 Comments


m/


Digging: Lurid Panacea - The Insidious Poisons

BlackLlama
June 6th 2016


2177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album needs some more Sput love.

FearTheAggression
June 24th 2016


263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. Took me a few listens all the way through to truly appreciate it.

bloc
September 15th 2017


55934 Comments


Not too shabby

Digging: Paris - Sleeping with the Enemy

AdolfChrist
February 1st 2018


21274 Comments


this slipped by me, it rules.

Digging: Cosmic Serenity - New Leaf EP

Hawks
February 1st 2018


71825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yeah bro.

Digging: State Faults - Clairvoyant

Hawks
February 15th 2018


71825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bump again cause jamming hard. m/

hexfix93
February 15th 2018


1694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this album rules. Gotta jam soon, been a while.

Digging: Bloodstone (Swe) - Hour of the Gate

RippingCorpse1986
March 18th 2018


3221 Comments


Album is wicked

AdolfChrist
March 18th 2018


21274 Comments


"more sunlight studios sausage factory compressed generic Swedish death metal, not bad but not great. listen to it if you love (Swedish) death metal, otherwise skip straight to Gorement - The Ending Quest."

What was this retard talking about, theyve got more of an American sound.

RippingCorpse1986
November 25th 2018


3221 Comments


Feels good jamming this after not doing it for a while m/
Reincarnage, Sin and Haunter are among my favorites here.

Also didn't know that one of the guitarists here and on the next record is the original guitarist of The Haunted and Witchery. Interesting stuff.

AdolfChrist
November 25th 2018


21274 Comments


this album deserves more attention here.



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