God Dethroned

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Ravenous Review

by Patrick Kennedy

Perhaps Holland's premier death metal act, God Dethroned re-emerges here with another album boasting absolutely stellar musicianship, airtight engineering, and song craftsmanship. What is most interesting about Ravenous is not the way in which it showcases God Dethroned's skill in speeding through mind-bendingly fast grind and death metal beats, but the way it demonstrates the band's ability -- like a car traveling at 100 mph, then stopping on a dime -- to cut the tempo and veer into soaring, harmonized leads, the kind of leads championed by power metal acts like Iron Maiden and Saxon. However, like Slayer, Morbid Angel, and the Haunted, God Dethroned excels primarily in the realm of fast, fast, fast death metal, and Ravenous, like Bloody Blasphemy before it, is a prime example of excellent metal work that is not overdone, either lyrically or musically.

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