The extreme side of heavy metal has been with us nearly as long as the metal genera itself. Extreme music is a subgenera where the musical envelope has been pushed regularly. Styles and lyrical trends have fallen in and out of favor but one thing remains clear, extreme metal is here to stay.
Rabid vocals and ramped up aggression have become a staple of extreme music and more than a few of the artists credited with pioneering this subgenera are still active in the scene, taking their audio onslaught to the next level.
Voodoo Gods can be considered a death metal ‘super group’ comprised of members of death metal bands like Cannibal Corpse, Dies Irae, Decapitated and Paradoxx just to name a few.
The sound of this group is simply incredible, I was more or less expecting a re-invention of Cannibal Corpse but was surprised to find this band has a polished sound all unto its own. The music has a more melodic feel than Cannibal and the melodies really dictate where the music leads. Don’t get me wrong, this is death metal with sound structured for the more mature listener, one who is past their infatuation with speed and more into the complexity of a good groove. The album is packed with solid melodies, shifty bass lines (Jean Baudin), blitzkrieg drum rolls (Alex Voodoo) and mind blowing solos (Jacek Hiro).
The lyrics are typical death metal but also hold a more mature feel than more mainstream offerings, the choruses are often catchy and fit the style perfectly.
The vocal delivery of George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher, though occasionally reminiscent of Cannibal Corpse, really has a feel of its own. The dual vocal addition of Seth Van de Loo adds an undeniable viciousness and dimension to this intricately laced attack. Songs like” “Wrath of the Invisible Children” and “Article 246” really caught me off guard and are sure to garner repeat listens. Other highlight tracks are: “The Astral Dawn – Devotion to the Great Nebula” and “Cetewayo”.
Voodoo Gods are onto something here, this groovy style of death metal reminds me a lot of Carcass in their heyday, it drips of artistry and the execution is fucking tight. I love Anticipation for Blood Leveled in Darkness, my only regret is that I didn’t discover it sooner, check out this amazing release! \m/
1. Return of the Rainbow Serpent
2. The Termination of God
3. The Astral Dawn – Devotion to the Great Nebula
5. Endeavors of a Syphilitic Missionary and his Death – Dawn of the Voodoo Ostinati
6. Renaissance of Retribution
7. Wrath of the Invisible Children
8. Article 246
Voodoo Gods are:
Alex Voodoo – Drums
Seth Van de Loo – Vocals
Jacek Hiro – Guitars
Jean Baudin – Bass
George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher – Vocals