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The Lurking Fear - Out of the Voiceless Grave

The Lurking Fear
Out of the Voiceless Grave
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 12 August 2017, 8:18 AM

Even the bands composed by members with long musical experience on their shoulders can commit mistakes. It’s a matter of vision, a matter of creative insight. I know that today, a great part of Metal fans worldwide are looking to the past as nothing new could be better than IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA and others in this way. This is a misconception, a gross mistake and lack of vision from many. These bands above were great due their idea to be different from their predecessors. And THE LURKING FEAR gives a taste of deception to many fans, because “Out of the Voiceless Grave” is just a loss of time.

The members of the band has names as AT THE GATES, GOD MACABRE and THE HAUNTED on their curriculums, and the album is just another recollection of Death Metal clichés? Yes, this is a just a common Death Metal album with that Old School feeling from the 90s. Ok, I understand there are many fans of this moldy form of music (besides the band’s sound quality is not in this way), but the lack of creativeness is something disturbing. Besides all I said above, the sound quality is very good. Yes, the care that was taken on recording, mixing and mastering produces a raw sound in the way the band needs, but with an insight that the listener must understand what they are playing. So we can say that fits on what they wanted and on what people needs at the same time.

But musically speaking, “Out of the Voiceless Grave” is disappointing. There are moments when their musical experience shows that the things could be great as we hear on slow parts of “Vortex Spawn”, some charming guitar parts of “The Infernal Dread” and “With Death Engraved in their Bones”, the good rhythmic work shown on “The Cold Jaws of Death”, the vocals on the aggressive “Winged Death”, and the nasty and bitter slow parts of “Beneath Menacing Sands”, but why in the blazes such clichés, such form of music that we all heard thousands of times before, and even in a better way? Sorry, but if you want something really good, other bands offer better music that with THE LURKING FEAR.

Originality: 5
Songwriting: 6
Memorability: 6
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Out of the Voiceless Grave
2. Vortex Spawn
3. The Starving Gods of Old
4. The Infernal Dread
5. With Death Engraved in their Bones
6. Upon Black Winds
7. Teeth of the Dark Plains
8. The Cold Jaws of Death
9. Tongued With Foul Flames
10. Winged Death
11. Tentacles of Blackened Horror
12. Beneath Menacing Sands
Tomas Lindberg - Vocals
Jonas Stålhammar - Guitars
Fredrik Wallenberg - Guitars
Andreas Axelson - Bass
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums 
Record Label: Century Media Records


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