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Dr. Living Dead! – Crush The Sublime Gods

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Last Updated on 02:26 AM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Crossover/Hardcore/Thrash Metal
Country: Sweden
Label: Century Media Records
Year: 2015

Only a few did actually discover Dr. Living Dead! with their self-titled debut “Dr. Living Dead!”(2011). But much many more than those who found them in 2007, when they introduced themselves once again with the” Thrash After Death “demo and a year later with” Thrashing The Law “(2008). However those who discovered them, they found in them this Suicidal Tendencies meets Nuclear Assault meets Anthrax style, with a dose of hoot, that was actually missing from the thrash scene, making them grow fonder towards the band without second thoughts. In 2012, with “Radioactive Intervention” that lacked the element of surprise and since the suspicious – on – what – they’ll – listen – to audience waited much (if not even more) of them, the Swedes didn’t refute anyone, while the general impression they created was somewhat strange and ambiguous.

Without becoming extremely complex but slightly more lengthy and always in crossover logic the tracks showed no change in composition. The departure of the amazing singer Dr. Ape that he now put together an even more Suicidal Tendencies-like band called Negative Self, I thought that it might upset the course of Swedes to the top. But their faith in the moto “the Thrash and life are not fun if you take them too seriously” makes Dr. Living Dead! evenly mix both melodic lines with sharp riffs without that implying inconceivable speed and allows them to have not only straight forward songs but also full rhythm swings in the compositions.

Personally, I think the new singer is more distant from Cyco Myko in his singing approach, although the two best songs on the album (“Eternal Darkness of the Fucked up Mind” & “No Way Out”) are an ode to Suicidal Tendencies and especially the first is a hymn hands down, with “No Way Out” having characteristically hardcore refrain with gang vocals. The disc has flow and beyond the insipid introduction, the title song, the single “TEAMxDEADx”, the “Buck $” and Slayer-ish songs (“Civilized To Death”, “Scanners”) surely will make many necks come off. In the middle, the album slows speed and 2 mid-tempo songs (“Another Life”, “Force Fed”), leading to rapid “Scanners” which leads to the instrumental “Salvation”. “Triggerkiller” has a huge similarity to “Stormtroopers of Death” and only someone deaf can’t hear it but nonetheless a good one, while the album closes with the 6 minute “Wake Up … Join The Dead” which has the style of “Radioactive Intervention” with sweet melodic guitar towards the closure for more than two minutes.

You will all have read somewhere the cliché, that the third album is the one that establishes you and the likes, so after all “Crush The Sublime Gods” is the third album of Dr. Living Dead!, it shows how crucial this release is for the future of the band. I see that the two new members Mania and Slam have immediately matched with Toxic and Rad so this chemistry is clearly visible. Come or not the desired sales that Century Media wants by Dr. Living Dead!, they will surely continue to occupy us for a long time to come, even more if they release albums like this one …

5/6

Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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