After six long years, the Dutch death metal band God Dethroned is finally back with a brand new album called ‘The World Ablaze’. The members of God Dethroned we’re busy with other stuff during a long period. Vocalist, founder and guitar player Henri Satller was, and still is, busy with his own guitar brand ‘Serpent King Guitars’, while drummer Michiel van der Plicht is teaching drums and kicking ass in the death metal formation Apophys. With two new band members, a brand new album and some nice upcoming gigs, God Dethroned is back.
What? Is this God Dethroned I’m listening to? What a delicious, relaxed 2-minute intro (‘A Call to Arms’) with harmonic, melodic twin guitars that are kissing my ears! But then… BOOM! Straight into the second song ‘Annihilation Crusade’, which is extremely fast, spreading the typical death metal sound we all know from God Dethroned: aggressive, melodic and sharp as a razor blade. Halfway the song there’s a bridge with the same melodic guitar part which is God Dethroned’s trademark if you ask me. Just awesome!
Let me take you through the other songs as well. The title song ‘The World Ablaze’ is, just like the second song, a fast and blasting song and continues where ‘Annihilation Crusade’ stopped. Just like the fifth track ‘Close to Victory’, which contains a lot of blast beats and even some black metal guitar riffs. Besides all the fast violence, there’s also room for some mid-tempo tracks like ‘On the Wrong Side of the Wire’, ‘Escape Across the Ice (The White Army)’ and ‘Messina Ridge’. Those songs are stomping, moshing and melodic as well. The last song ‘The 11th Hour’ is the most slow and doomy song on his record. For me one of the highlights. Just beautiful!
The variety of the songs is a very positive thing for me to mention, because it brings balance into this album. Everything is just very well executed. The composition of the songs, the natural recording sound, the musicality and the originality. Just like the clear grunting vocals, extreme technical drums, nice musical bridges and overall amazing guitar riffs and twin solos. Is it new and original what God Dethroned did? No. But it’s certainly a brilliant continuation of what this legendary band already brought us. God Dethroned shows the world that they (hopefully for a long time) are back where they belong! To me ‘The World Ablaze’ is actually the best Dutch death metal album so far this year, so the competition knows what to do!
01. A Call to Arms
02. Annihilation Crusade
03. The World Ablaze
04. On the Wrong Side of the Wire
05. Close to Victory
07. Escape Across the Ice (The White Army)
08. Breathing Through Blood
09. Messina Ridge
10. The 11th Hour