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Deathember - Going Postal
19 April 2013


01. Going Postal
02. Spirals
03. Quietly
04. Unending Thirst
05. Let Us Flip A Few Pages Back (Part 1)
06. Where I Evade (Part 2)
07. The Deprivation (Part 3) [feat. Daniel Ädel]
08. Repeat & Remind
09. Hailing Down [feat. Ralph Santolla]
10. Amnesiac


You might know Deathember from Metal Storm's Clandestine Cuts where their debut EP A Thousand Flatlines was featured. The band has grown up musically and released their first full-length album. Going Postal even boasts illustrious guests such as vocalist Daniel Ädel (Vildhjarta) and guitarist Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Obituary, Iced Earth).

The same gender-bending qualities of their EP are applied here but they turn on their heavier side a bit more and flow as easily between melodic death metal territory as groove metal waters. But what is most interesting about Going Postal though is its heavy grooves, strong hooks, ingenious melodies, and the frequent twists and turns. The band's identity and specific dynamic is already well-defined.

With balanced production complementing the songs, Deathember start off strong with the title track "Going Postal" which, in many ways, is a good illustration of what the Swedish group has to offer: high energy riffs and an ambitious technicality. The volume is turned up on what I decided to call a "headbanger song", the mid-tempo tremolo-guided "Hailing Down" and "Unending Thirst" with its frantic pace. Their new vocalist does a really good job at showcasing different capabilities and moods in his growls and while the vocals are imposing, they don't overshadow the instrumentation of the songs.

The crown jewel, however, is the three-part song set comprised of "Let Us Flip A Few Pages Back (Part 1)", "Where I Evade (Part 2)" and "The Deprivation (Part 3)". It is here that the band dives a bit into a more progressive, nuanced and atmospheric side; this is the most enigmatic section of the album where they open up new avenues in their sound while maintaining a suffocating heavy nature and piercing solos in between.

Forgetting a few okay-ish songs, Going Postal is a multifaceted album and that is ultimately its biggest strength. It offers the listeners different rhythmic patterns and unexpected ambient sections all wrapped up into one crafty package. Deathember seem to be trying to push the boundaries and stay away from clichés, and they accomplish that with flying colors.


Band profile: Deathember
Album: Going Postal


 



Written on 19.09.2013 by
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Cynic Metalhead - 20.09.2013 at 10:54  
Good review.

I heard "Spirals" before record was released.

i need to check this out soon.
BloodTears - 20.09.2013 at 12:38  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 20.09.2013 at 10:54

Good review.

I heard "Spirals" before record was released.

i need to check this out soon.


Thanks!

"Spirals" is actually among the okay-ish songs for me. There are a lot better songs on the album. Definitely deserves to be heard this one.
Cynic Metalhead - 20.09.2013 at 23:29  
Written by BloodTears on 20.09.2013 at 12:38

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 20.09.2013 at 10:54

Good review.

I heard "Spirals" before record was released.

i need to check this out soon.


Thanks!

"Spirals" is actually among the okay-ish songs for me. There are a lot better songs on the album. Definitely deserves to be heard this one.


Album is good, lot of good variations in it and certainly I liked the (new)vocals in this record.

To much your surprise, Spirals popped out to be the best song off this new album as far as I'm concerned.
Kuroboshi - 23.09.2013 at 06:49  
Going Postal, Quietly, Amnesiac, Hailing Down are all masterpieces! Excellent album! What a debut.
R'Vannith - 23.09.2013 at 10:29  
I don't recall the EP but it's nice to hear they are doing well for themselves nonetheless.

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