God Dethroned
Passiondale


4.0
excellent

Review

by Madbutcher3 USER (86 Reviews)
May 10th, 2017 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: God Dethroned portray the misery and scope of war with just enough nuance and subtlety to achieve greatness.

Passiondale, or Passchendaele , perhaps both the event and the album, emblemise World War 1: extreme loss of life, bleak conditions, and a multinational struggle leaving damage to the landscape to leave things like the Lone Tree Crater that can still be seen today; in the album’s case, it presents an extremely grand, grim, but ultimately human event. God Dethroned’s melodic death metal style, with emphasis on the “death metal”, might not always capture the nuance of the everyday struggle outside of the conflict itself, and doesn’t convey the misery of the trenches as perhaps something lighter would, but there’s no doubt that it captures the scale of warfare and the depth of the misery within.
An essential component of the band’s sound are the few moments where the intensity steps down a notch, with clean vocal and guitar components employed. Poison Fog, perhaps the best song on the album, slows down massively before entering an epic, melodic climax, depicting something almost like the voyage of the many dead to some kind of Heaven or Valhalla. This is captured in the lyrics as well, addressing the loss of comrades to the toxic mustard gas used by the Germans from the Battle of Ypres:

"As I watched them in bright daylight
When crawling through the poison clouds, I saw them burn away
My name should have been written between theirs on stones
In dreams I still see, hear and smell them every single night”.

On No Survivors, a totally opposite effect is achieved, where the relatively restrained clean guitar and vocals overlaying chunky death metal riffing creates an image of the individual human level of battle in the death-trap of No Man’s Land, again matched by the clear lyrical direction:

“This waiting is killing me
Traumatized eyes, as we go in
Bodies everywhere, the bullets scream
We can't survive but we march in”.

Through this section, masses of tension is built, before exploding into gear with a chaotic, Kerry King-esque solo, shifting the perspective out to the greater conflict once again as the lives of those given that brief snapshot before presumably end.

It’s rarely something hugely distinctive that makes this album great, but instead usually short, cathartic moments like those mentioned previously that really take it places. Naturally, however, the main foundation of the band’s sound is what carries the majority of the experience. The chunky, scrunchy guitar tone drives the fast, thrashy riffs, but what sets them apart is the melody tastefully incorporated throughout. Much unlike the majority of melodic death metal releases, there is rarely an emphasis on catchy choruses or breaks that owe perhaps more to power metal than death metal itself, a la In Flames. Here, the riffs are essentially death metal riffs that happen to follow a more melodic template, and the reward is a cohesive, epic sound that captures the setting of the album near perfectly. The drums thunderously clatter on with steady blast beats and the usual death metal double kicks, whilst the snarling vocals are occasionally traded out for clean vocals that sound convincingly pained.

The lack of deviation from the core rugged melodic death metal sound sound is perhaps the album’s only severe detriment, along with the aforementioned lack of any true “calm before the storm” that could have boosted the dynamics of the album; the aforementioned clean breaks are, again, fairly short, so whilst the amplify the strength of the songs containing them, there’s nothing that captures the more mundane aspects of the war in its sound. Despite this, relentless adherence to its theme yields very reliable musical integrity, and as such Passiondale manages to pass with flying colours, albeit ones stained by the mud and smoke of the western front.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
parksungjoon
March 22nd 2018


7644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow no one gave this review any love wtf



this is one of the bands top 3 albs for sure

MrBlackDeath
March 23rd 2018


274 Comments


great band, dunno why all the posers dont like them in my list

AdolfChrist
March 23rd 2018


16277 Comments


Sup black death?

Digging: Ripper (CL) - Experiment of Existence

Hawks
March 23rd 2018


56419 Comments


Lmaooooo

Digging: Leprous - Tall Poppy Syndrome

parksungjoon
March 23rd 2018


7644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

😉

parksungjoon
March 23rd 2018


7644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude careful they'll wipe your ratings for troll 1s

InFlamesWeThrash666
March 23rd 2018


7962 Comments


worst band ever

Digging: Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood

combustion07
March 23rd 2018


6242 Comments


Is that the only way to get your ratings wiped? I want a fresh start on mine. Might go 1 all of Limp Bizkits albums even though I secretly love them

parksungjoon
March 23rd 2018


7644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think you can just ask them to do it if that's what you want.

parksungjoon
March 23rd 2018


7644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Post in the mods thread on the forum

Hawks
March 23rd 2018


56419 Comments


Yeah you can just ask lol.

parksungjoon
March 23rd 2018


7644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good band though honestly I got to get on that new shit

combustion07
March 23rd 2018


6242 Comments


Same here. And that seems easier I'll take the advice lol

MrBlackDeath
March 26th 2018


274 Comments


Poison fog is epic I will even post video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7JWgqJPzM

MrBlackDeath
March 26th 2018


274 Comments


One of the most exciting albums to listen to.

Madbutcher3
March 26th 2018


2179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

poison fog does rule hard



my only problem with this album is that the best cuts are kinda spaced out with good but less distinctive ones. the best tracks do slay hard though

parksungjoon
March 26th 2018


7644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/

MrBlackDeath
March 26th 2018


274 Comments


Album rules so hard, clearly to hard for some people.

Like snoxall and adolf christ



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