Coercion - _Forever Dead_
(Perverted Taste, 1997)
by: Adam Wasylyk (7 out of 10)
Embodying the Swedish death metal sound made famous by bands like Entombed and Dismember, Coercion execute some stylish metal here by mixing faster and slower tempos while injecting more than a few interesting riffs. Signing to Perverted Taste after a failed record deal with House of Kicks, _Forever Dead_ is the debut for their new label, and a rather impressive one, I must say. Combining elements of early Entombed, Fleshcrawl and even some latter-day Gorefest, Coercion are able to avoid the tag of ripping off a sound made popular years ago. Production by Dan Swano at his Unisound Studio (presumably one of his last productions) accounts for the good sound on this disc. My only problem with _Forever Dead_ was with the last track, "Grief (Beyond Grief)", a 23-minute track which contains 10 minutes of clock chiming (???). Anyhow, in the end that leaves you with 40 minutes of Swedish death metal worth listening to.

(article published 1/1/1998)

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