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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Review: Deathstorm - Blood Beneath The Crypts

Following a three-year stint as Damage, Austrian thrashers undertook a name-change to Deathstorm in 2010 and have so far released several EPs as well as what’s to become their second full-length under this banner. Hammering out truly vicious and pummeling Teutonic-flavored thrash with a vengeance, this effort was released May 27, 2016 on High Roller Records.

This here gets going right from the onset as there’s a rather enjoyable sense of dynamics present with the work displayed, which is presented in two roughly similar-but-still-dramatic styles. The main work is tightly-wound, frenzied riffing with plenty of energetic rhythms to create frenzied blistering thrashers as in “Deathblow,” “Immortalized Sinner” and “I Conquer” which manage to work along quite familiar strains of old-school German-tinged efforts from their prominent era back in the 80s. Likewise, the fact that there’s also a deep, churning mid-tempo charge with plenty of solid heavy rhythms and churning guitar-work gives a wholly darkened feel to efforts like “Murder of a Faceless Victim” or “Enter the Void/Dunwich” as those tracks manage to take those blinding patterns along a more focused and restrained sensibility quite nicely with the rabid intensity. It does seem a little short with only eight tracks and barely a half-hour’s work of music due to that, but overall there’s still plenty to like here especially when the band runs through the more frenzied patterns.

Though this one does tend to fall into a minor trap with the overall brevity hurting its execution, there’s more than enough truly gripping and vicious old-school flavored thrash to appeal to just about any fan of this German-flavored take on the style as well as fans of their previous work or just thrash in general. 8.5/10

Written by Don Anelli

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