Mystic Grave - _Doom, Death, Darkness_
by: Alexandra Erickson (2 out of 5)
Mystic Grave's first release, _Doom, Death, Darkness_ is a melting pot of sorts. Extremely sludgy, slightly groove-tinged, death metal in its purest modern state, topped off with blackened vocals. The five-track release is easily digestible, despite its muddled influences. Deep, growly (not quite cookie monster) death metal vocals are prevalent throughout, as well as the breakneck guitar riffage that accompanies such vocals so often. Almost Pantera like grooves, laden with static-y sludge are also common on the album, drifting from fast paced to the slowest, swampiest tempo that rivals American southern kings Crowbar and Eyehategod. Always keeping with the death metal onslaught, Mystic Grave have found a niche that I think can sell to the masses easily. With every track sounding pretty similar to the last, except with a few minor adjustments in pace, death metal fans will definitely like this one. They even throw in a few high pitched growls, a la grindcore vocals. _Doom, Death, Darkness_ is certainly well mixed and produced and, given this as their first release, I expect to hear more from these Finns in the future.


(article published 22/8/2008)

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