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Friday, June 29, 2018

Review: Kingdom - Putrescent Remains Of The Dead Ground

In 2016 the Polish death metallers of Kingdom, LWN (vocals/guitar), STH (bass) and SLW (drums), released their third full length, called Sepulchral Psalms From The Abyss Of Torment. This album (of which our review can be read here) was the follow-up of Unholy Graveyard (2008) and Morbid Priest Of Supreme Blasphemy (2013). Since March the 12th, there is a successor of Sepulchral Psalms From The Abyss Of Torment. This fourth full-length album by Kingdom is titled Putrescent Remains Of The Dead Ground and is, just as its predecessor, released via the Polish label Godz Ov War Productions.

Opening track Walls Of Askalon starts pretty slow with a guitar and an incoming, ominous scream. A few moments later, drums are added and Kingdom bursts open. The tempo on Putrescent Remains Of The Dead Ground is mostly very fast, with sometimes a few less fast moments.

The drums by SLW are strongly present on this fourth Kingdom-album, volume-wise as well as in the song-structures. The sound of the drums is also very heavy and real, it sounds just like it will probably sound when played live. To hear what I mean listen for example to Putrescent Remains.

Of course, the guitar is also present, in the heavier, almost hypnotic guitarwalls as well as in the a bit calmer moments. As an example, both can be found in the third track, Grobowiec ludzkości. Vocalist/guitarist LWN also plays quite a few solo's on his guitar, as can be heard in, for example, the aforementioned track Walls Of Askalon.

The vocals by LWN are a very filthy mix of grunts and screams, which are very fitting to Kingdom's music. In the battle-scene-like-introduced Karma Slayer he vocally gets to the extreme, lowest grunts on this album, while on the next track, a cover of Immortal's Blashyrkh, he goes into full screaming-mode. This last track is of course more black metal-oriented than the rest of this album, due to its origin. This difference isn't annoying and for some people, including me, it may even be a very welcome variation. This of course being said without anything negative towards the rest of Putrescent Remains Of The Dead Ground.

Altogether, the Polish metallers of Kingdom delivered a very nice piece of heavy, dark, obscure music with Putrescent Remains Of The Dead Ground. A true recommendation to every fan of the more extreme forms of metal. My personal favorites are Putrescent Remains, the instrumental track Niemy krzyk zagłady and the nice cover of Immortal's Blashyrkh.

Written by Tim van Velthuysen

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