Thursday, August 11, 2011

Excommunicated/Skeleton Key/Underworld Records/2011 CD Review

Excommunicated are a band from Louisiana that plays a blackened from of death metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Skeleton Key" which was released by Underworld Recordings.

Drums range from mid paced to fast drumming with a great amount of blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as for the piano which is only used briefly they sound like an evil church chior and on the last song there is a small amount of keyboards being utilized.

Rhythm guitars range from mid paced to fast brutal death metal riffs that have a great amount of black metal influences being thrown in and on one song there is some slow soft playing being used, while the lead guitars are very technical, chaotic and melodic death metal guitar leads and solos.

Vocals are a mixture of deep death metal growls and high pitched screams with some church choirs being used briefly on a couple of songs song in addition there is a spoken word passage on a couple of songs that has a Catholic getting ready to go in battle with a pagan, wgile the lyrics are very anti christian and anti catholic, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional feel to it.

In my opinion Excommunicated are a very great Anti Catholic black/death metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cry To Heaven" "The Vatican Orgies" "When Death Claims Its Most Righteous Dead" and "Keys To The Kingdom Of God". RECOMMENDED BUY.