Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Meads of Asphodel - In the Name of God, Welcome to Planet Genocide

6/10

Eh, this release is kind of the Meads by numbers. As with most of their releases, there's an instrumental opening with some samples, a few relatively typical black metal songs (one of which is a re-recording of My Beautiful Genocide, which is much shorter than the Mill Hill version), some synth-heavy tracks, and a cover (Hell on Earth/Blood Runs Red, a medley of two songs by the hardcore punk band Discharge). There's also another hidden track preceded by a long stretch of silence, which is a parody of a sermon that would've been hilarious at two or three minutes but stretches on for eight.
Essentially, the Meads have been relying on their formula for a bit too long. It worked for a while, but now it's getting kind of stale. I guess we'll have to wait until their next full-length to see if they evolve or just stagnate more.

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