I thought this was going to be a generic copy of Cannibal Corpse and I was wrong about that. This band plays a more controlled form of death metal that has slower, not doomy, crunchy parts that are heavy as fuck along with some deep, but not too deep death metal vocals. The music is not half bad and the singer actually is good and solid and you can feel that in his vocals as he sings. To sum this up I would say this is straight forward brutal death metal that gets the job done.



Making music together since 2010 these Finnish Death Metal warriors finally found a home to release their first full length album. After a demo and an EP Feast of Maggots has been released by Russian underground label More Hate Productions. Hailing from Scandinavia potential listeners probably have certain expectations before checking out the music. For the most part those will be fulfilled as Spiritual Holocaust present a slab of very traditional Old School Death Metal making good use of the famous HM2 pedal while also taking a few inspirations from their US colleagues. However, there are a few elements setting the band apart from their peers. While most riffs might sound pretty familiar I detected some interesting details in subsequent listening sessions. Most of the tracks have a main riff to which the band keeps returning throughout the song but not without throwing in variations of said riff. This leads to the effect that the songs sound pretty simple in the first place but do not get boring too fast. The two guitarists are combining the buzz-sawing rhythm guitars with some great soloing which never gets too technical or too long to annoy the listener. Those solos range from fast and melodic to melancholic and slightly disturbing. This leads to a dark and moody atmosphere over the whole playing time. Most of the tracks are kept in mid-tempo with selective outbursts of speed and some slow and frightening parts dripping out of the speakers. All instruments are played on a high level without sounding too technical. Singer Tomi Vähäkangas is roaring like an angry cave troll. His deep and brutal tone adds to the intense experience that is Feast of Maggots. Nevertheless the lyrics can be perfectly understood for the most part of the record. The production is amazing keeping the sound filthy and putrid but giving the instruments enough punch without sounding too modern. The drums have a very natural tone compared to the synthetic sound that can be found on quite a lot of albums these days. The Scandinavian origin of this record is obvious but compared to their Swedish counterparts the music is a bit darker and maybe not as catchy. Overall this is a nice piece of Old School Death Metal that should please every fan of this sound.

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