Nice fucking addition for the deathmetal freaks and I'm
sure you going to like this stuff. See the band section here on Burning
Misery and listen to some mp3 files that we have placed on it. Good shit
this is guys!!!
From track one, a heavy pounding, inevitably crushing
metalengine rolls onward for over thirty minutes. The band blends chunky,
powerful deathmetal brutality (old school style!) with the razorsharp
and speedy essence of thrash. Despite the usual up-tempo drive, there
are parts which have a strong atmosphere-laden touch to it, and the few
breakdowns are a flawless addition to the relentless machine. Not as intense
as pure thrash (because they aren't) but certainly very interesting as
a deathmetal band with snappy swipes to thrashmetal. Neatly produced and
finished for being a self-release; cool stuff.
Reviewed by Exo666
The quartet plays deathrash, but with the majority of
the focus on the death metal side of things. The band is inspired by bands
like Protector, Slayer and Death. You notice a few references to the aforementioned
now and then, but nothing that deprive The Damnation of their sound. The
songs are diverse and well-written. The unit sure knows how to write some
music that stay interesting for more than just two listens. A part of
this is that the Germans have found a good balance between the fast and
the more mid-tempo orientated in the songs.
Into the Pits of Hell was recorded at Soundlodge Studios
by Jörg Uken. This proves to have been a wise decision as the music
has gotten a crisp and powerful sound. It goes really well with the style
that The Damnation has. Of course the effort may not burst of new-thinking,
but don't let this hold you back there's plenty of interesting things
going on to make it a durable release. I'm sure it's just a matter of
time before the Germans get picked up by a label. This is simply too good
Formed in 1996, there's no denying the band's playing
ability and sound professionalism, and the excellent opener "Step
Aside" is a great example just how good they can sound. It's in the
more simplistic moments, such as some in "Torn To Pieces" that
boredom can set in.
Thankfully they follow that with one of the album's most crashing pieces
– "Dawn Of The Dead" – an oldschool, American sounding
death metal number with several great riffs and an awe-inspiring drumming
display. Vocalist Michal Meyer's voice is a strong, deep death growl that
is another asset for the band. The track also features a great melodic
short lead section.
The band's goes into another killing frenzy with the more
sophisticated "Past", the rhythm and riff changes are a nice
addition. The parts where they lost me are in the more simplistic cuts,
such as "Into The Pits Of Hell" where there's no real hooks.
This isn’t overly original, but I must tip my hat
for these guys for sticking to their guns and creating strong oldschool
death metal while most current death bands go for the usual melodic approach,
they certainly grasp that true 90's feel with their music, and the fact
this release has a definite air of quality about it only helps.
THE DAMNATION plays an unmistakeable mixture of Thrash
and Death Metal. There is an overweight of Thrash influences but the Death
Metal gets a fair piece of the action as well. As in the heavy, double
bass thundering passage with some really nice Death Metal riffs that occurs
every now and then. They still have some work to do in mending the two
genres seamlessly together but knowing this is their debut full-length
album, after just two demos, makes me have high hopes for them.
The sound quality also deserves to be mentioned. It’s
good and also pretty loud, giving us forty minutes of Metal with an impact.
For those who prefer filth baked into the mix I recommend other bands
as the production on “Into The Pits Of Hell” is pretty clean
and slick. I think it’s far from sterile but I guess that depends
on which eyes, or rather ears, it gets treated to. My opinion is that
the band has made a good choice of studios as the production helps and
enhances the whole of their music. Both the Thrash and Death Metal riffs
sound equally good, whenever they are good that is. Pretty damn often
I would say.
What holds “Into The Pits Of Hell” back from
getting an even higher score is first and foremost because there are some
bland and uninspired riffing going on, making up passages that just drifts
along. I think its called filler material. Secondly it’s because
there is not only passages that are uninteresting, some of the songs are
as well. As a whole I think the album is good but I’m expecting
more from this band the next time I hear from them. Somehow I think they
will fulfil the hopes I have for them. I spot unmistakable talent in this
That means that people who like a mix of Thrash and Death
Metal should take notice of this band and start downloading right away.
“The Knife” is one of my favourite songs on this album so
don’t hesitate to check it out. Pay their homepage a visit as well
if you want to download some of their older stuff. I’ll be surprised
if this band isn’t able to land a record deal very soon. The quality
standard of Metal isn’t too high for these guys, no way. (Online
September 24, 2006)