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Dehuman: Graveyard of Eden

It's taken them three years, but Belgium death metal act have followed up their debut Black Throne of all Creation with the mighty fine Graveyard of Eden for Kaotoxin Records. Comprised of Andrea V. ( Bass/Vocals), RafaŽl S. (Guitars), Mathias B. (Guitars), and Laye L. ( Drums), this four-piece have fully digested the late '80s/early '90s death metal & thrash scene well, obviously taking their influences from such groundbreaking acts as Death, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Atheist, and Pestilence. "Invocation of sublime death" combines many of the best qualities of these bands, as absolutely crushing riffs and blazing, technical lead guitar solos fire through a pummeling rhythmic attack and Chuck Schuldiner styled growls. "Temple of Lust and Fire" is a raging death metal maelstrom, while "Goddess of Sins" sees the band travel into technical, progressive territory not too far removed from the epic material of Nile. For sheer, unadulterated, violent death metal, it doesn't get much better than "Sepulcher of malevolence" or "Crypts of Blood", and again, I have to mention just how stellar the guitar work is on this album, and especially on these two tunes. Both players here have done a really fine job.

Graveyard of Eden is a hell of a wild death metal ride that I urge any genre fan to experience. Well done gentleman!

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Track Listing
01 Sepulcher of malevolence
02 Crypts of blood
03 Obedience to pestilence
04 Invocation of sublime death
05 Temple of lust and fire
06 Cerebro veneficium
07 Ov madness
08 Goddess of sins

Added: June 30th 2015
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 1967
Language: english

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Dehuman: Graveyard of Eden
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2015-06-30 15:10:14
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It's three years since Belgians Dehuman debuted with Black Throne Of All Creation, a straight offering of death presented in strong style and with obvious influences. Graveyard Of Eden falls again into that same category, where blueprints of Morbid Angel, Death and Morgoth are delivered with some style and an eye for melody. On the whole though we are talking full force and unfettered; guitarists Rafael Sellekaerts and Mathias Boulougouris sparking wildly off each other as they offer up a mix of gyrating riffs and remarkably searing, precise solos. In essence there's little you haven't heard before and yet if you like death, then "Goddess Of Sin" will leave you in no doubt that Dehuman have what it takes to thrive. The Morgoth similarities tend to show most in the vocal stylings of Andrea Vissol (who also handles bass), his confident bark allowing the lyrics to be more integral than can sometimes be the case, while he also proves vital to the overall impact of the music. Drummer Laye Louhenapessy is another of those percussion masters seemingly capable of pummelling for a week and day, as his rolls, snare smacks and kick drum assaults rush at you at every available occasion; opener "Sepulcher Of Malevolence" the perfect illustration as ride cymbal and hi-hat take equal responsibility for punching the song forward, as the rest of the kit is gleefully abused.

Things however can become a little stuck in a rut, one track all too happy to roll into the next without really making its individual presence felt and yet "Obedience Of Pestilence" does prove that Dehuman know how to vary their attack. A slower intro leads into a few less obvious twists and turns, just as "Invocation Of Sublime Death" offers a middle section of (by comparison) mere pedestrian pacing. It is here where this band hint that they may have much more to offer than the slightly too apparent reliance on their influences often suggests.

Graveyard Of Eden is a solid and engaging dealing of death which by playing to this band's strengths works well. It maybe isn't individual enough to truly stand head and shoulders above its contemporaries, however if death metal is your main listening pleasure, you should be checking Dehuman out.

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