Various - _Chords of the Grave_
(Cross Rhythms, 1998)
by: Alex Cantwell (8.5 out of 10)
This comp serves a great purpose, in that it puts to CD demos that were previously available on cassette only from these great and almost unknown bands, which include Obliteration, Evisceration, Disencunbrance, Oblation, and Flesh Walker. Each song has been remastered, so this stuff sounds as good as it's ever going to get. The Obliteration tracks are from their 1997 demo _Dying Age_, and they are comprised of Suffocation-style raging death metal. This band is now known as Death List, but many agree that the Obliteration material is superior to what they did as Death List on _Severed_ [CoC #34]. Pummeling double bass, psycho leads, and catchy rhythms are some of the things that made this band great. Evisceration are next, and I must admit that I had no clue about them before getting my hands on this. The three tracks on this comp are the style of brutal death metal that was popular in the early '90s. I'm not bagging them for it, believe me, I still like that style very much, but I must admit that these songs sound just a bit dated. Fans of the genre, take note that Evisceration plays this style very convincingly. The third band is the "one hit wonder" band Disencumbrance. Their demo _The Betrayal_ was mighty indeed, and then they were no more. In my mind, they were able to combine the speed and abandon of grind with the technical accuracy and song structures that make good death metal, and do it better than any other band I have heard. I am so glad to have these three songs on CD because I have worn out two copies of the tape! I would not hesitate to recommend the purchase of the whole CD for these tracks alone to anyone who enjoys sustaining physical damage and impairment from ultra-downtuned death metal. It is absolutely top notch material. Oblation follow with four songs of well played -- you guessed it -- death metal. These songs are all quite good, mixing good musicianship (especially the guitar leads) with heavy and creative death metal song structures. Oblation even went so far as to make a video for the song "Dead Unborn", so it's a wonder why they never released a full length of any kind. Flesh Walker, with whom I was not familiar, conclude this comp with one song of very raw death metal. I would highly recommend _Chords of the Grave_ to any fan of death metal and to anyone into perusing the underground for talented or obscure bands, but especially to those who have or want the hopelessly out of print demos from which all of the material is taken.

Contact: Cross Rhythms Music, 11408 Audelia Rd #4786,

(article published 19/5/1999)


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