Loudblast - _Planet Pandemonium_
(Boycott Records, 2004)
by: Xander Hoose (7.5 out of 10)
All ye ancient death metallers, be warned! Loudblast has returned! It has been more than six years since these Frenchies have unleashed carnage upon the world and apparently it was time for them to retreat from retirement, pick up their instruments, and shred once more. Loudblast has always been quite underrated, even though their Morbid Angel-meets-Gorefest approach had a high appeal to the death metal masses. _Planet Pandemonium_ won't disappoint or surprise any of the old fans. Except for the up-to-date production, there have been no drastic stylistic changes; which, in a way, is probably for the best: most of the bands in this genre have died out long ago (remember Gorefest, remember Morgoth, remember Pestilence?). On the other hand, certain songs on _Planet Pandemonium_ do sound a tad bit outdated. If you're the kind of guy who starts most of his sentences with "back in the day, everything used to be better", _Planet Pandemonium_ will be an obligatory purchase. For those feeding off mechanized double-bass assaults, you'd be better off skipping this one.

(article published 3/23/2004)


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