I feel it’s far too obvious to call Death one of the apex death metal bands of all time with their unending scope and undying influence on the scene to this day. I could sit here all fucking day and talk about it, but the number of bands that manage to succeed in Death-worship is extremely few. Gruesome has quickly risen to be the best band that emulates Death in recent years, and their brand new album is better than we could’ve hoped for.
If you haven’t figured it out already, the sophomore effort from this still quite young act takes a page from the “Spiritual Healing” era of Death where things took a slight bit of a turn. This is where shit started to get thrashy for death, the melody really begun to shine through, and socially conscious lyricism that puts a nice cap on everything. It, like all of their albums, was a record that defined Death for a whole new slew of fans across the entire globe, and Gruesome is more than up to replicating that same exact effect. Their second full-length helping of undeniable Death-worship, “Twisted Prayers” is something that simply can’t be ignored. It’s the kind of album that really shows the talent and power this act has that managed to bring the old school sound to modern times perfectly. We’re treated to an absolutely immaculate display of power, raw fury, a magnitude of badassery that permeates all nine tracks of “Twisted Prayers”, and a nigh immaculate emulation of Death that has been one of the sole reasons for this band’s massive popularity. Everything that Gruesome does here with this album is miles beyond anything that I could’ve seen coming after their debut and a pair of crispy EPs that kept my attention and their talent as a single unit moving forward. Granted, the members of Gruesome are far from inexperienced, but their collective awesomeness has come to a peak at this point with “Twisted Prayers” being a shining example to the sheer excellence that goes into this band!
They’re far from pushovers in their original acts, but brought together they’re the very definition of a super-tribute-group that does every conceivable thing right! I’ve always been favorable towards Gruesome, but it’s “Twisted Prayers” that has easily won me over with its scathing sermons and unrelenting power shown at full strength at every turn. This is but the second full-length that we’ve seen from Gruesome, but it’s no less than a promise to fans that they aren’t quitting anytime soon and it’s only going to get more badass from here on out!
“Twisted Prayers” releases on June 1st via Relapse Records!
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