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Adramelech - Psychostasia (Reissue) Award winner

Psychostasia (Reissue)
by H.P. Buttcraft at 17 March 2014, 11:17 PM

Ah, Finland! A land of great woodlands and snow-covered mountains with happy little reindeer running about! At one point in time during the 1990’s, this country put out some Death Metal bands that have aged like a fine wine over time. Finnish Death Metal bands like DEMILICH, DEMIGOD, DEPRAVITY and CONVULSE have seen a resurgence in popularity in the contemporary Metal community. Now even people at the American Nihilist Underground Society (ANUS) hail their transcendence from Death Metal to something more technical and furthermore a purer form of the genre.

ADRAMELECH is the band that gained the inhuman drumming skills behind DEMIGOD’s milestone album “Slumber of Sullen Eyes”, Seppo Tattila, who picked up the guitar for ADRAMELECH during “Psychostasia” in 1996 with drums and vocals provided by Jarkko Rantanen, who would later split off from ADREMELECH to play live drums and vocals for DEMIGOD in 1998. If you are completely confused by what I just said, fret not, that’s only normal.

ADRAMELECH does not sound so much like DEMIGOD but they are very familiar to DEMILICH but if the vocals were still somewhat human and there was a lot more melody. There is still a lot of technical slamming going on that really encompasses the richness of the Finnish Death Metal sound during the 90’s. “Psychostasia” is a forgotten about album that is long-overdue for the spotlight. This reissue from Xtreem Music included 3 bonus tracks of ADRAMELECH performing “Heroes in Godly Blaze” live as well as “Seven” and “The Sleep of Ishtar”, which both appeared on their 1998 EP “Seven”.

There’s really nothing to criticize about this album, being as this album is more of a polished up artifact than something new being offered. It is certainly a lot easier to comprehend than “Nespithe” because “Psychostasia” is nowhere near how bizarre that record was. But I would say this album is more of a treat for DEMIGOD fans than DEMELICH fans but really this reissue is a true gift unto all Death Metal fans. 

4 Star Rating

1. Heroes in Godly Blaze
2. Psychostasia
3. Séance of Shamans
4. The Book of the Worm
5. Thoth (Lord of Holy Worlds)
6. Mythic Descendant
7. As The Gods Succumbed
8. Across the Gray Waters
9. Intro – Heroes in Godly Blaze (live)
10. The Sleep of Ishtar (live)
11. Seven (live)
Jarkko Rantanen – Drums / Vocals
Jani Aho - Guitars
Mikko Aarnio - Bass
Seppo Tattila – Guitars
Record Label: MDD Records / Xtreem Music


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