Gothic - _Prelude to Killing_
(Independent, 1997)
by: David Rocher (8.5 out of 10)
With a notoriously renowned MCD (_Brutal Conditions for Extreme Alchemy_, 1996) already on their bio, these Parisian deathsters obviously aren't your usual newcomers... Where _BCfEA_ only efficiently demonstrated an unhealthy interest for musical brutality, _PtK_ kicks in hard with coldly calculated violence, delivering music that indulges in melody but never looses its brutal edge; Gothic's music is varied, well thought out, and features very heavy, catchy hooks and frequently shifting vocals and riffing styles. Despite an obviously limited recording budget, _PtK_ sounds loud, clear and boasts a nice, thick, crunchy guitar sound. What's more, few metal acts this rough may claim to have a female guitar player in their ranks, which is but another kick in the balls to all the brainless machos who claim girls have no place in true extreme metal... _PtK_ is the kind of insanely intense MCD that leaves you craving for more. Highly recommendable, definitely non-mainstream death metal, which is furthermore available for a measly US$ 8 from the address below.

Contact: GOTHIC, P.O. Box 60, 9 Rue A. Lahaye,

(article published 16/1/1999)

11/19/1998 B Meloon 6 Gothic - Touch of Eternity
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