“Sworn Enemies” is a great opening for the album, with its merciless speed and heaviness. It gets your blood pumping, and with its lyrics about fighting, revenge and anti-religious imagery, it sets the tone for the rest of the album. Following tracks like “Serpent Messiah” keep the same speed and energy, in addition to its pretty cool solo and threatening vocal performance. “Swords of Flesh” has a rather interesting main riff, threatening yet catchy, backed up by heavy drums, and a wild guitar solo. “Tomb of the Nameless” has a similar energy and catchy riff.
However, “Necronomical” is slower, but darker and almost eerie. Another track that goes for dark, slow, strange and eerie is the last one, “Worm God” about worshipping a dark, evil god, or maybe the evils of organized religion. “Temple of the Abattoir” is a cross between the two types of songs, starting slow and eerie before turning a lot heavier and faster. Those tracks, especially “Worm”, feel really different from the rest of the album, and really special.
As for the other tracks, they unfortunately start getting a little repetitive and less interesting after a while. While catchy, “Tomb” is a little too much like “Swords”. The two last tracks before “Worm”, named “War Blood Hammer” and “As Angels Burn”, blur with the rest of the album. The only things they have going for them are the great guitar solos in the intros, as well as their speed and energy.
Really, this album’s wild energy and guitar work are its best assets. This album has good riffs that will definitely get you pumped up. Even the more mediocre songs have good guitar work. There are some really memorable tracks like “Tomb of the Nameless”, “Worm God” and “Sworn Enemies”. But the other songs are more repetitive and generic. The album re-uses too many ideas. It’s overall well-written and well-played enough that most of it will stick in your mind, especially the good songs, but not every track is as good as those. It’s a well-made album that I would still recommend to fans and curious listeners, but to me, aside from a few highlights, this was good but not great.
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