“War has changed.
It’s no longer about nations, ideologies, or ethnicity. It’s an endless series of proxy battles, fought by mercenaries and machines.
War–and it’s consumption of life–has become a well-oiled machine.”
Pretty much like most bands spawning in the 90s, it was a time of progression. Music became even more competitive, whilst established bands had to maintain their status and reaching further attention, new bands emerged, not afraid to fuse styles and exploring newer horizons, after all variety is the spice of life. It was around this time when the melodic death phenomenon emerged. Ranging from infamous Gothenburg scene to the more symphonic Finnish brethren, drums and drums of bands emanated.
For 20 years, Angelcrypt garnered the reputation of being the constant of the local scene, both in presence and workload. It is hard to believe that anyone within the scene is not familiar with these heavyweights. Whilst several line-up changes occurred within their tenure, the band never ceased to bust their asses in applying their craft, delivering the best product possible when it comes to live performances. After a couple of EPs and singles released, we finally have the much anticipated first full length album released on the fall of 2016.
Enter ‘’We Are The Dead’’, the perfect hymn to the fallen brother in arms, fighting wars which they did not sign in the first place, bargaining with their lives every single day for one thing, the love of their nations and families. Perhaps the perfect metaphor to describe the band, consisting of one simple motto ‘’We love metal, and we can create more than great metal’’.
One of the highlights of this album is the introduction of a new vocalist, bringing seriousness and a large dose of heaviness within the mix, reminiscent perhaps of Johann Hegg of Amon Amarth. An altruist and dedicated man on duty, he is ever sharp with his monstrous voice to complement with the euphonic nature of this album.
The album opens up with dramatic fashion as ‘’Bullets and Decay’’ kicks in, as the deafening machine guns and bombs heard in the sample emphasize what’s to come through out the near 45 minute run of the full length. Accordant riffs with more than mellifluous solos, as it doesn’t deviate the listener from losing focus throughout the material, crammed by perhaps two of the best guitarists of our islands.
Not a single blemish throughout this piece of work. Production is crystal clear and perfectly balanced, for those with an eye for detail. 7 intense tracks full of blunt force trauma, yet with a defining aspect in each and their own. Featuring tracks such as Blasangriff (for those into history lessons, the cloud gas experimentation carried on by Professor Dr Fritz Haber in the first great war) and the prodigious Serpents of the Somme, showcasing the amplitude of each member, perhaps a personal favorite within the album.
‘’A gentle wind blowing across the enemy’s trench lines would then carry the gaseous cloud into the enemy positions.’’
The album also features the band’s old warhorse of a gem that is Eternal Conquest, remastered to perfection and thus help recreating that nostalgia from the old days, personally always looking forward to every time I see them live.
Indeed a pleasant album. Would recommend it to fans familiar to early The Haunted material, as the thrash influence is highly noticeable yet arduous as soon as the melodic parts kicks in. Wish there were more words but then again, music is to be heard and enjoyed and rest assured, ‘We Are The Dead’’ falls within this category.