"Death Redemption" (Deathstrike Records; 2005)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Excessum’s brand of primeval black metal on “Death Redemption” balances the raw sound of old-school black metal with the genre’s willingness to absorb modern updates including better recording techniques and more technical playing.

Like most black metal bands that play in the style of the genre’s origins one-dimensionality becomes an occupational hazard. Excessum rarely break free of these constraints – it’s enough to make the genre’s fanatics take notice, but few others won’t even make it to the point to care or notice. 

“Death Redemption” will not have broad appeal to the metal masses. However, those seeking sounds more appropriately found in the underground scene will appreciate Excessum’s black metal style. 

“Death Redemption” was produced by J. Andersson.

Excessum: Daniel Contagion on vocals, guitars, and bass and Erik Dahlstrom on guitars. P. Norman contributes drums to the recording.

For more information visit http://excessum.evil.co.il or http://www.myspace.com/deathredemption

"Death Redemption" (Deathstrike Records; 2005)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Music is relative; what works for some people does not work for others. Such is the case with Excessum's "Death Redemption." The music is fast and tight and incredibly well-performed, with lots of emotion and stunning talent. 

The vocals, however, are strikingly one-dimensional and impossible to understand. Don't get me wrong: I like growling monster vocals as much as the next guy. But if each song sounds exactly the same as the last one because the vocals are so limited, something is definitely wrong. 

Then again, if this kind of raw, violent death metal is what you're looking for, you may need look no farther than "Death Redemption." It's just not my cup of tea.

For more information visit http://excessum.evil.co.il or http://www.myspace.com/deathredemption

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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