Across a mere 25 minutes Burial Remains tear out Swedish-styled old-school death metal like it never went out of fashion. Hell, as far as I’m concerned, it never did.
Mixing Bloodbath, Grave, Entombed, and Dismember influences into a foul, fuzzy brew may not be original, but sure is fun. The people behind this project know what they are doing and have a lot of death metal experience between them, so Trinity of Death was unlikely to ever be a stinker. That said, Swedish death metal is such a mature style that it would have been easy to just throw any old thing together, but on these songs you can smell the passion the band members have for their material.
Energetic, brutal, and full of hooks, these tracks give you exactly what you’d want from the style. The band’s songwriting emphasises strong riffs, catchy structures, and classic arrangements. It works a treat. The Swedish chainsaws rip through flesh and the macabre melodies provide the funeral dirges.
Three final things of note – the vocals come courtesy of the singer of Fleshcrawl, and are harsh, clipped barks that smash you in the head with their bluntness; the album’s production is fuzzy and heavy, in line with what you’d expect from the style, (in a good way); the final track is a Kreator cover, and it’s a lively and entertaining one.
Trinity of Death achieves exactly what it sets out to, and is a gloriously fun and enjoyable slab of death metal.