Band : God Dethroned
Album/EP : Illuminati
Genre: Black Metal/Death Metal
Label : Metal Blade Records
Location : Beilen - The Netherlands
FFO : Immolation, Belphegor, Hate Eternal
Most black metal has a pretty terrible production/recording quality. While God Dethroned is pretty Black Metal, the production quality is pretty outstanding for the genre. It may sound just like a bunch of blast beats with Anti-Christian lyrics. But its arranged in a particular way to correctly tell their story. What I feel is their shining element, is you can hear their experience in the industry. They don’t just blast beat or speed riff their way through the album. The mix is fantastic. It does have a typical Black Metal tone. But its just a bit clearer and easier on the ears in terms of tone.
Each track seems to tell a story and flows well. Its not a disorganized record. Its placed this way for a reason. I don’t know if there is a specific theme. But one thing I can tell, is it is pretty anti religion. With tracks like “Book of Lies” and “Satan Spawn”, it would be pretty hard to believe otherwise. I feel like there is a bit of the fall of man in there as well. Which would be pretty common in the black metal/death metal genre.
Im not always in the mood for black metal. If I am, I usually go to Behemoth or Dimmu Borgir. But I have played this record quite a bit. Even though its not in my usual genre preference, I still vibe with the record. My favorite part is the catchy riffs. I’m a sucker for some super sweet down-picking riffs layered over some double bass. I’m not really sure what my least favorite part is. I guess I don’t really have one. I do wonder what the record would sound like if they went with a Behemoth album tone. Like with how clear everything sounds. But I feel that this is the way the band should sound. I’m totally okay with that.
Its only been 3 years sine their last record “The World Ablaze”. I feel nothing has changed. They have the same tone. God Dethroned has kind of stuck with the same theme. Although, the last record has more of a war theme to it. Not much has improved, but also nothing is declined either.
Overall, I enjoy the shit out of this record. Its straight up black/death metal. God Dethroned get right to the point, and they don’t give a fuck who cares or doesnt. Its got a mid-high growls, ferocious blast beats, and super fast guitar riffs. All of which make up one of the sickest black metal records of the year. If you don’t have this record in your library, you are fucking up. Do yourself a favor, buy it digitally, and buy yourself a hard copy. You will want to listen to this everywhere.
Star Rating: 9/10
Strongest Song: Illuminati