Doomed To Eternity
Still going twenty five years strong, Gravewurm (originally formed as Dominion) are set to release their 11th studio album, and they show no signs of stopping. Doomed To Eternity is a notable release because it features the last full length recording of drummer Jim “Sadist” Konya [Nunslaughter], who passed away in October 2015 after suffering a stroke. He also helped co-write its songs. For his last album, he certainly went out with a proper bang, as this is great old-school 1st wave black metal mixed with death metal aggression. Not exactly anything new to be heard here, but it’s not terrible by any means. Its evil sounding production is a sobering reminder of how metal should be, not as it was. Venom-inspired mosh anthems dominate the album with a surprise doom-like twist in the track “The Wolves Of Isengard” to keep you on your toes.
What’s admirable about the album is it’s straight up fucking brutal metal. The most striking part of Gravewurm, to those who haven’t heard the band yet, is Funeral’s unique vocals. It is a mix of black metal’s throat shredding raspiness with fierce vocal delivery that is more aligned to death metal. This album feels like a lost early-90s treasure in every aspect, from its production to guitar tones. Album opener “Shining Night Gleam” blazes ahead of the competition from most bands today as it’s mosh pit ready without any of the glitz and glamour you see today. It’s a great medium for older and newer fans in metal. If you’re looking for awesome new metal to mosh to that will also make your older brother/uncle lie saying “Oh I remember these guys back in 1990!” then buy this album. (Ridge Briel)