It's been nearly three years since Drowning's previous album. Apparently line-up problems were the reason why Apocalypse Unsealed has been so long underway. The line-up has now been secured with the addiction of former Diabolic drummer Gael Barthelemy. The music is comparable to Diabolic and Incantation, but without sounding exactly the same. The songs are fairly varied and memorable. Mostly the tempo is extremely fast, but fortunately the band lower the pace on a regular basis so it doesn't occur to be one long same-sounding pummel. Another thing I like is the harsh and guttural vocals which add a lot to the overall feel of the album.
The songs are skilfully written, but a lot of the details seem to drown in the muddy sound. The production is also the single biggest minus about Apocalypse Unsealed as it appear far too muddy and thus the guitars often sounding as a blur. It gets a little annoying after a while, but the album is still listenable. Apocalypse Unsealed doesn't offer anything new and unheard, but that is fine with me as it's a carried through and good album, but a less muddy production would have taken Apocalypse Unsealed a little further. Nevertheless it's still worth a purchase if you're looking for some dirty and relentlessly fast death metal.