COLDWORKER - The Doomsayer's Call
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Listenable Records
YEAR: February 13th, 2012
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Listenable Records
I can't say I'm very familiar with Coldworker's past efforts, but I realize that obviously is a mistake. The music on Doomsayer's Call is a mix of grindcore and death metal. The music is above all conventional and has to some extent a modern feel to it.
It's obvious that the band has a lot of routine. The song-writing is proficient and above all interesting. The five-piece often focus on the slow and groovy elements in the music. But the band do gear up a notch or two when needed.
The CD starts out a bit slow, but picks up more and more momentum halfway. There are lots of good riffs and parts to make the music electrifying, but in particular around "Vacuum Fields" and onward it gets interesting.
The band is good at mixing its inspirations in grindcore with the death metal parts. I really like when the band let loose and go for the faster elements in the music, like on "Violent Society". And yet the Swedes are very convincing when they slow down and rely on that thick groove that often pop up.
Another thing that profits the music is that a short solo or two pop up now and then. All these different things combined make a strong blend. The vocals are kind of standard for the genre, but none the less Joel Fornbrant does a very good job.
The production fit the music just right. It's meaty and goes really well with the groovy sound. The Doomsayer's Call is a well-round effort. It has most of what you'd expect of a good death metal CD.