Lord of War – Suffer (Review)

Lord of WarThis is the second album from Lord of War, a US death metal band.

On Suffer, Lord of War deliver 49 minutes of well-recorded modern death metal with enough strength and power to floor an elephant.

This is the kind of thing that should appeal to any of the death metal new guard, so fans of Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, All Shall Perish, Molotov Solution, (the singer of which has a guest spot on this album), etc., should all find a lot to like here.

The music combines elements of streamlined brutality, bright technicality, melodic atmosphere and crushing deathcore to great effect. This is high-energy stuff that’s guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs.

Suffer is chock-full of catchy riffs and pummelling grooves, not to mention a selection of cutting blast beats and speedy aggression. Impressively though, the band don’t purely rely on their ultra-heavy assault to get them through; they have an ear for a good melody, artfully including them in amidst the destruction, or taking the time to introduce more atmospheric sections. These are all dotted around the riff-heavy landscape like little oases of emotive treats, greatly adding to the effectiveness of the songs as a whole.

Lord of War’s second album is a finely-realised and impressive slab of high-energy death metal that has enough variety and interest to really stick out. Their brand of brutality features as much melodic feeling as it does deathcore beatdowns, making for an album that has depth, longevity and a massive amount of bite.

Highly recommended.

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