Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Runemagick - Enter the Realm of Death

Genre: Death Metal
Country: Sweden
Year: 1999
Label: Century Media

I love the dark, arcane feeling of this band. Runemagick plays a unique brand of death metal (and doom/death later on in their career) that incorporates a very obscure, occult atmosphere and crushingly heavy riffs, relying on memorable guitar hooks rather than blasting and technicality. This is one of their earlier albums, and also one of my favourites, so it's much more in death territory than doom. Every song on Enter the Realm of Death has cool riffs in it. You'll find yourself banging your head uncontrollably at many points during its 54 minute runtime, a condition made all the better by the thick, fat, moon-consuming guitar tone and fantastic heavy-as-hell drum production. Prepare to enter the realm of death!

For fans of Cianide, The Chasm, and Desultory.

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