After the usual perfunctory intro we’re into the title track and straight into some glorious Old-School Death Metal with a sound to kill for.
What’s so special about it? It just sounds fat, tight and recalls Dismember without overtly ripping off that chainsaw sound.
As you’ve probably gathered there is a Swedish Death Metal influence at play here, but that’s not all Monumentomb get up to. The Swedish greats might be well represented, but UK bands like Bolt Thrower and Carcass get a look in also.
The riffs are strong and the solos shred. The drum sound is especially satisfying and the growls of the singer make me warm in my secret happy place.
The vocals are deep growls that work perfectly. Also, the few seconds of clean vocals in Perpetual Execution Torment are unexpected and brilliant.
You can really feel the weight of Death Metal history while listening to Ritual Exhumation, but Monumentomb bear this responsibility with ease and perform admirably.
Amazingly this band have only been around since 2013; how they’ve managed to cobble together such a strong package so quickly is beyond me, but I’m glad they have.
Looking for some Old-School Death Metal that doesn’t sound stale? Look no further.