GOD DETHRONED - The Lair Of The White Worm LP (Electric Blue Vinyl)
God Dethroned

GOD DETHRONED - The Lair Of The White Worm LP (Electric Blue Vinyl)

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“The Lair of the White Worm” was where God Dethroned pretty much became a pure melodic death metal act. Certainly, earlier in their career, the band played blackened death metal. Over the years, however (and most noticeably with “Into the Lungs of Hell”), God Dethroned began implementing groove and melodic elements into their music. With “The Lair of the White Worm,” it can officially be said that the band's style has changed.

With this album being the first with guitarist Isaac Delahaye, maybe it’s no surprise that God Dethroned were able to make the switch into this new (and, in the case of God Dethroned, better) genre. It just so happens that the guitar work is one of the many highlights of this great album. A lot of the songs are filled with fantastic solos and leads that are just so downright fun to listen to; in fact, they may even make you want to pull out your air guitar. Of course, I did mention before that this is the album where God Dethroned almost became pure melodic death metal, but not quite (that happened with the release of their next album, “The Toxic Touch”). Brutal black/death/thrash-inspired riffs are plentiful here on “The Lair of the White Worm” as well. The guitar work from both Isaac Delahaye and Henri Sattler is phenomenal.

The rest of the instruments are played excellently (bass by Henke Zinger and drums by Arien Van Weesenbeek), but I think the next worthwhile part of this band that makes them one of the best out there is vocalist/guitarist Henri Sattler. Rightfully nicknamed “The Serpent King,” Sattler’s snake-like vocals are (in my opinion) some of the greatest in extreme metal, all the while being 100% comprehensible.

Add in top-notch production, and subtract the fairly shitty cover art, “The Lair of the White Worm” equals one of the best melodic death metal albums released in 2004; a near-perfect blend of brutal and melodic death metal with elements of black and thrash. If you are a fan of this type of metal, and/or if you’re a fan of Amon Amarth (because the similarities are there), you must check out this album and this band. It's a shame that God Dethroned isn't very well-known, because they really should be.

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