Dellamorte - _Uglier and More Disgusting_
(Kron-H, 1997)
by: Henry Akeley (7 out of 10)
This album has been getting a lot of great press, and by the time the first song has plowed over you, it's clear why. In the big ol' toolbox that is the "death'n'roll" genre, this record is the jagged, rusty ripsaw of the bunch -- never mind Entombed, whose latest effort is but a big rubber mallet by comparison. While Entombed just kind of plods along, lucky to land the occasional heavy blow, Dellamorte rip through the timber like there's no tomorrow, so lock up your saplings... To be honest, I'm not a fan of this style, but Dellamorte definitely erupts with enough energy and attitude to stand out from the d'n'r crowd, and without relying on a bunch of trendy mosh parts or kindred macho metal cliches. The vocalist puts in a great performance, too, belting out the lyrics with anger and edge but never really sounding forced or flat -- a definite rarity in this corner of the scene. The album's clear, powerful mix is dominated by a big, fat guitar sound and topped off with many a mighty snake-rattle cymbal crash. If I felt like describing the songs in more detail, I suppose I'd drop the toolbox analogy and start in with the speedway talk: lots of burnin' rubber, screamin' engines on a highway to hell -- you get the idea. In other words, there's a lot more "n'roll" than "death" to be heard here: for the most part, this is hard-driving, heavy rock sheathed in a full metal jacket of tuning and amplification. But whatever; this is one heavy, boisterous record no matter what.

(article published 13/4/1998)

6/15/1999 P Schwarz 5.5 Dellamorte - Home Sweet Hell...
2/5/1997 P Schwarz Dark Tranquillity / Enslaved / Bewitched / Swordmaster / Demoniac / Dellamorte We Must Dominate, We Will Dominate
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