Death Heaven - _Techno Decomposition World_
(Independent, 2005)
by: Jackie Smit (7 out of 10)
"Ambitious" is certainly one word that springs to mind upon initially spinning this Italian quartet's debut effort. While the title of the record might otherwise denote the sort of industrial tinged venom that bands like Red Harvest have spewed to critical acclaim, Death Heaven are (aside from a few notably eclectic moments) a fairly straightforward technical death metal band, with a solid splattering of grindcore thrown in for good measure. It's a recipe that isn't anything near being groundbreaking, but the extent to which such a young band take strides toward making it their own is certainly very impressive; even more so when you note that the album was not professionally recorded. Not only that, but the production was handled by the band's eighteen year old guitarist Andrea; and with fairly satisfying result, I might add. It certainly gives one an appreciation for how good tracks like "Shadows of Darkness" and "Faith in Nothing" might have sounded with a seasoned studio hack at the helm to tighten up the sound and possibly trim the excess fat from a few of Death Heaven's overly lengthy compositions.

(article published 19/4/2005)


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