DOWNLORD - Random Dictionary of the Damned
Released: February 19th, 2007 | Label: Open Grave | Rating: 6/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Target

01. Nailing You In
02. Psyclotron
03. Loathe. Scorn. Detest.
04. Full Scale Hatred
05. Xsv [Excessive] Payback
06. Hate Brace
07. Old World Chaos
08. Underdrive
09. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead
10. Smoke & Mirrors
11. Groin of God +++Amen & Out+++
12. Random Damnation
13. For It Was Written
14. Wake Up & Smell the Species
15. Sleep Forever

Random Dictionary of the Damned hardly signalizes any new-thinking and I also doubt that was the idea, but Downlord sounds a little different from the vast majority of other Danish death metal bands. The music is an amalgam of American, English and Danish death metal, and the result is convincing. A thing that is noticeable is that these guys are no newcomers. Having previously played in bands like Benediction, Bolt Thrower, Sacrificial and Iniquity, the band definitely understands how to vary the music. Semi-brutal, but with hooks enough to stay interesting. The songs are mostly quite fast, but Downlord also slows down now and then. Another thing that has a positive effect on the overall impression is that the songs rarely clock more than three minutes. This seems very fitting.

On a negative note the production constitutes a huge problem. I appreciate that the sound is very dirty, but an unpleasant side-effect of this is that it all ends up being way too muddy, this result in many of the details almost completely vanish in the soundscape. A fat and crisp sound would have taken the music two or three steps up. Despite these problems, Random Dictionary of the Damned has its highlights and the musical expression is forceful. If it wasn't for the poor production I would have rated Random Dictionary of the Damned a little higher than six out of 10, as there is some very solid death metal found here, but the production affect the result too much to ignore.

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