The guys at Dark Realm (Sadistic Intent, as far as I know) sure know their Death Metal. Damnation is probably one of the best Death Metal bands in Poland, though still second in comparison to Vader. This is their fourth release (third full-length album, they also have an EP called Coronation). But in comparison to their previous releases, this definitely took a downward turn when it comes to production. In short, the drums are way too loud. If I wanted to listen to a snare drum all afternoon, I’ll go to my friend’s house and watch him practice his drumming. When I listen to Metal, I want to hear guitar riffs, not the psychotically fast drumming. I don’t know what it is these days but this stupid trend must stop. Having loud-ass drums does not make a band sound more brutal or heavy!!!! Musically, this is much more in the vein of Morbid Angel than Vader (though Vader do a lot of Morbid emulating themselves) and could probably pass themselves off as old-school Florida Death Metal. If it wasn’t for the sound on this album, I would probably have given it a higher rating as the music is that fucking good. When the guitars aren’t getting buried underneath the snare, they really get you head banging and the blood racing. These guys must fucking kill live because it sure sounds like it here. Get those guitars up next time!!!
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