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Lord Dying: Summoning the Faithless

A few months ago, I saw these guys perform on the same bill with Black Tusk and Red Fang and was deeply impressed. Although I wasn't familiar with Lord Dying before then, I knew they had an album in the works and that there was a certain amount of positive buzz going for them. They deserve every word. Their set was an impressive selection of sludgy riffs, rough vocals, and blasting drums.

Now, with their debut album ready to drop, Lord Dying will begin to impress an even larger body of listeners. Many people have already compared them to bands like Red Fang, High on Fire, Baroness, Black Tusk, and others. All those comparisons are dead on, but it isn't enough to lump them in with other great bands. It's more accurate to say that Lord Dying already plays in the same league and are professionals in their own right, ready to create and to move forward that lovely sludgy sound.

All the songs on this album are solid and strong. The best moments are usually when the crisp and crunchy sound of the guitars comes through without any backup from the rest of the band. These guys are masters of the tight riff, the groove that gets people head banging. Just listen to "In a Frightful State of Gnawed Dismemberment" for an excellent example of how the guitars fuel the overall energy. For me, other highlights included "Summoning the Faithless," "Greed is Your Horse," "Dreams of Mercy," and "What is Not . . . Is." Any fan of this style of metal should find these tracks most satisfying.

With this debut, Lord Dying shows that they can deliver the goods confidently and boldly. Check them out on the road—they start a US tour in early July.

Track Listing:
1. Summoning the Faithless
2. In a Frightful State of Gnawed Dismemberment
3. Greed is your Horse
4. Descend into External
5. Dreams of Mercy
6. Perverse Osmosis
7. Water Under a Burning Bridge
8. What is Not . . . Is

Added: June 29th 2013
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 1680
Language: english

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