The Depths Of Inhumanity

Written by: PP on 21/12/2009 18:06:38

It's interesting how much influence a group of individuals from a small Northern European country can have on the world. The likes of Entombed, Nihilist, Grave and Dismember are the definition of the Swedish - or should I say Stockholm - death metal sound, and here's a band from the small city of Ventura, California, who sound so identical to the mentioned bands that I could swear they're in fact Swedish: Fatalist. The band features Wes Caley of Exhumed fame, and a lesser known dude Neil Burkdoll from Dirty Dead, and "The Depths Of Inhumanity" is their debut album following the sold out demo "Loss" from 2007.

So yeah, Fatalist sound like old school Stockholm death metal, or "Rumble death metal" as I like to dub the genre because of the rolling riffs that characterize the genre. The guitars are down-tuned, dirtily distorted, and outright brutal, and you've got a deep growler/shrieker on top. Occasionally the death metal is spiced up with some clean guitar solos, but for the majority of the time, Fatalist just.....rumble....speedily, for the lack of a better expression, utilizing grinding riffs that break out into those clean hooks from time to time. "Morbid Derangement", "Death Will Remain" and the title track are the two best on offer here, mostly because they offer the most speed, and someone coming from a punk background, speed with brutal melody is always appreciated.

The record has been receiving mixed reviews, though, because you can't get around the fact that Fatalist offer absolutely nothing original on their disc. It's a faithful rendition of the classic Swedish death metal sound. That's bound to irk some people off who consider them just as opportunistic as the new revivalist thrash bands, but equally many will praise the record to the skies because it offers a number of solid cuts from their favorite genre. As nearly always, I've chosen to walk the golden middle path, since I'll readily admit I'm no expert in the genre, awarding the band a decent, but not great rating of

Download: Morbid Derangement, The Depths Of Inhumanity
For the fans of: Entombed, Nihilist, Grave, Dismember

Release date 24.11.2009
Ibex Moon Records

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