Advertised by HPGD Productions as “old school Death Metal” from Norway “heavily inspired by Autopsy, Immolation, Napalm Death, Sepultura and classic horror films.” Sounds cool, right? Covers of “Social Sterility” and “Warriors of Death” by the last two aforementioned banks, respectively. “Awesome!” you say? Then ten tracks into this old school affair with mediocrity is a cover of the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ USA.” Now you’re saying, “What the fuck?” (Especially if you’re like me and bought this album based on the ad.) While there may be some obscure bands, the only other two I’m aware of who’ve covered it are Blind Guardian and M.O.D.. Billy Milano didn’t alter the lyrics (big mistake) and neither does Those Left Behind. This pathetic song has no place on a “Metal” album of any genre, especially Death Metal, because there’s nothing dark to attribute to it. Instead buy Druid Lord’s Hymns for the Wicked from the same label.
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