In a Pitch Black Grave by Gods ForsakenRelease date: September 6, 2017
Label: Soulseller Records
Swedeath maniacs will not decry the inception of another Swedeath act. For a band that loves to blast and double-kick at mid-tempo, the band Gods Forsaken rocks it with pure energy. To the band members, passion is the bible and intensity is the calling card on full-length album, In a Pitch Black Grave. How does it compare with the greats of the sub-genre? That doesn’t matter in the least if you like what Gods Forsaken has done here. Bang your head and be on your way.
Truly the band play intensely, rabidly even, and pace is their trademark moshpit engine. They periodically slow down as all bands would have to do. They feature little solos winding in and out of the rhythm guitar, and the vocals are of quintessential Swedeath quality.
Innovators in death metal come seldom, but once in a while bands come along and start trends out of sheer genius. Gods Forsaken on the other hand don’t seek to re-invent anything. They play the music that stirs their dark souls, and do a good job doing it. Fans who listen to a wide variety of crossover genre-bending metal may be flippant about a Swedeath band that has little to give that refreshes the template. Hold your tongues until a listen to the stream satisfies your cravings. More so, this band will appeal to Swedeath die-hards, not rambunctious fans that favor whatchamacallit albums of multiversal flavor.
Gods Forsaken’s In a Pitch Black Grave has some moments when melody supercedes brutality, but that comes rarely. Mostly, this band loves to play up-tempo. They nail it on blast sections and d-beat, and vary up the song structure by adding mid-tempo and slow segments. However, many fans will come away with this listen with the impression that this band loves to pull out the stops and surrender melody a’la Dismember to naught. Instead, the band love to blast the audience to moshpit heaven. You will be battered and bruised after Gods Forsaken play live at a club near you.
In a Pitch Black Grave may not add any new impressions for fans looking to delve into something new. The band does what it does well. They play with conviction. The riffs are straight-forward and uncomplicated. The drums are integral to the formula because the band loves to blast a lot. The bass adds weight, so much so, the subwoofer exuded deep basso profundo thunder to the chagrin of animals with acute hearing in my neighborhood. Gods Forsaken does Swedeath simply, does it well, and does it for fans who love Swedeath only. Don’t fret if you don’t like it. There’s Lamb of God and the hordes of LOG fans that mosh to metal of lesser quality everywhere.