Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Meads of Asphodel - Exhuming the Grave of Yeshua

8/10

The thing about the Meads is that they never stay in one style for too long, even in the short songs. For example, even the two minute "God is Rome" strays from its punk style with an acoustic section in the middle, and longer songs like "Blood Blasted Holy War" and "80 Grains of Sand" go through many genres.
As usual, not all of these styles work (some of the synthesized "Middle Eastern" parts are just incredibly lame, Metatron tries to rap and fails miserably near the end of "Sons of Anak Rise"), and some tracks really don't have any metal elements at all, but those are just par for the course with this band; when you try so many things, you're bound to suck at a few of them. My personal favorite track is the lengthy and lengthily-titled "On Graven Images I Glide Beyond the Monstrous Gates of Pandemonium to Face the Baptized Warriors of Yahweh in the Skull Littered Plain of Esdraelon", which switches from dance beats to a new-agey section to a repetitive yet hilarious spoken word section to another dance part. This is stronger than the debut, but just a little.

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