THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT - The White Crematorium
Released: March 14th, 2005 | Label: Karmageddon | Rating: 7/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Target

01. Army of the Despised
02. 7 Months of Suffering
03. Concrete Sarcophagus
04. 1567 - Under the Bloodcampaign
05. The Haunted Ravines of Babi Yar
06. Origin
07. The Cruel Hunters
08. 1917 - Spring Offensive [Dulce et Decorum est]
09. The White Crematorium

It's no secret that I like death metal, brutal death metal and Dutch brutal death metallers The Monolith Deathcult certainly hit that spot with their sophomore release The White Crematorium. This is pretty much my first exposure to these Dutchmen so I can't really draw any comparison between their debut The Apotheosis and The White Crematorium. The band seems very inspired by US death metal combos Nile and Hate Eternal but also a bit by their fellow Dutchmen in God Dethroned. Even though the references to Nile are very strong there's nothing Egyptian over this album, the band does mainly concentrate on the horrors of World War I and II, the hunting of the Jews back then and other historical events. There are issues here that are still delicate to some people so I suggest you read the lyrics before drawing any hasty conclusions about the band and their intentions.

Karmageddon Media state that this is innovative death metal but I honestly fail to see where the innovation is but it's really no concern of mine as long as the music is good and it is for the most. However, there are a few tracks that tend to pull down in the overall impression like the instrumental track "The Haunted Ravines of Babi Yar" which seems a bit superfluous in a way. The weakest track is actually the nearly eleven minutes long titletrack which is also the slowest song on the album, not that that in itself is a bad thing but music just doesn't sound very interesting compared to the remaining material and in particular the last part of the song sound silly with it's sample from an old German hymn or whatever it is. Apart from the aforementioned songs The White Crematorium is a pretty solid effort that ought to please fans of Nile, Hate Eternal and brutal death metal in general.

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