Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Meads of Asphodel - English Black Punk Metal

4/10

The Meads' latest release is a split featuring the recording debut of fellow English black metallers Old Corpse Road. Their half of this split, "The Bones of this Land are Not Speechless," is fairly decent black metal in a progressive vein that's not quite as eclectic as the Meads' work, but still fairly enjoyable. However, it's not what I'm reviewing.
The Meads' half gets off to a great start with a hilariously obscene rant by Metatron, and the song "On the Surface" is pretty good, although it's a little heavy on the synths. However, the other songs are all covers, and I find the first three to be just as dull as the ones on "Life is Shit". However, "War Drum" is a pretty good crossover thrash tune. But they saved the worst for last, with a cover of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" which tries way too hard to make it into a metal song, and it ends up being a trainwreck that's almost as bad as Six Feet Under's Graveyard Classics albums and isn't as funny as a Ten Masked Men cover. This is the third Meads release in a row that's only for completists, although Old Corpse Road's half is worth checking out for fans of black metal.

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