Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Preludium - Redemption (CD Review)

01.Soul Torment
02.Altars Of Redemption
04.Root Of Suffering
05.Circle of Life
06.The Seven Gates Of Hell
07.Destiny Of Mortals
08.Arena Of Souls
09.Hatred Breeds Suffering
10.Sins Of Mankind

Jan Skowron (Guitar)
Marcin Deszcz (Bass)
Lukasz Dziamarski (Guitar/Vocals)
Piotr Ungeheuer (Drums)

Formed in 2001 the polish band Preludium crashed into the underground Black/Death Metal scene with its 'Infernal Force' demo which was recorded in the legendary Hertz Studio where bands such as Vader and Decapitated record their music. It created a phenomenon in the Polish underground and was promptly signed by Polish record label Redrum 666 for a multiple album deal. In 2004, Preludium unleashed 'Eternal Wrath' which was very well-received and the demand for it grew so much over the years that it had to be reissued in 2008.

Preludium released its second album to worldwide fanfare and critical acclaim. 'Rape Mankind Disorder' was a beast of an album, precise, blistering and powerful. It sent shockwaves around the continent. It was followed up by the 'Abomination' EP all of which were released by the same label to increasing fan-following and shows with established bands from around the world. Preludium was noticed by Kunal Choksi of Diabolical Conquest who signed the band for a multiple album deal and gave global exposure to the Polish band.

Their next cd 'Impending Hostility' proved to one of the heaviest releases in recent times with a crushing sound inspired by the World Wars. Guitars never sounded so close to tanks running over skeletons, drums were too reminiscent of machine-gun firing and vocals were all-powerful and outright frightening.

Great feedback intro to 'Soul Torment' then some crushing drum playing kicks in, music is slower than i had anticipated, solid riff and powerchords over hyper double pedal work and a dark gutteral vocal all go to make a great opening!

Now 'Altars Of Redemption' is full on death metal,well at least for the first 2 minutes then it goes very slow and quiet with some excellent bass playing over drum pattern.

Back to a darker almost doom influenced sound for 'Incarnations', no wait i was sent down the wrong path, bloody hell this gets fast and agressive very quickly.

From this point on every song continues with a relentless onslaught of death metal, furious, powerful and hitting the nail right on the head with a ten ton hammer!

Rating 7/10
For fans of: Decapitated, Hail Of Bullets, Bolt Thrower

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