Cyclone Empire/Sound Pollution
THE GROTESQUERY rose to prominence in early 2009, and here is the second opus. Formed by Rogga Johansson of PAGANIZER and BONE GNAWER fame and Kam Lee, the voice of MANTAS/DEATH and MASSACRE. Completing the blasphemy on bass and drums respectively are Johan Berglund and Brynjar Helgetun. The first album, “Tales of the Coffin Born”, was a major hit and success, and now…I fear they might repeat the achievement.
Fear, horror, H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe all infest this release. The sheer brutality, melody and ease of reinventing the scene are ubiquitous. Opener “The Madness (Of Mason Hamilton)” is very good, but no more in this collection of songs. True grandeur is displayed in “Tsathoggua – The Black God of N´Kai” is rather unique in style, mixing Old School with a magic riff and guitar patterns, plus the heaviness of a luxury cruiser…all in a melodic surrounding, bravo! The ominous “The Cthulhu Prophecy” has a thunder worthy of a space shuttle and finesse included. The only somewhat stale moment is “Amongst Black Slime and Mushroom People”, which doesn´t quite stand up to the rest. But this is the real deal in horror death metal in 2012!
The Madness (of Mason Hamilton)
A Terrifying Testament
Arrival: Tomb of Toads
Beware They Who Burrow Death
Gaze of Ghatanathoa (I Had a Nightmare)
Amongst Black Slime and Mushroom People
The Cthulhu Prophecy
Tsathoggua - The Black God of N´Kai
Entrapped within Atlach-Nacha´s Web
Psychopompos Lamentations for a Dying World
Dreams of Terrors in Darkness & Horrors Out of Shadows