Genre: Death Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Relapse Records
Year: 2018

I remember when Savage Land was released, I was full of anger as I was like ‘ok, the joke with Death To All gone too far’ but then it was so charming and nostalgic what came out of my stereo and I really gave them another chance. Of course nothing was original, nothing was more than faithful tribute to Schuldiner and a remake of Death’s early records. After 4 years of existence Gruesome (featuring current and former members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, etc.) are established as the torchbearers of Death’s legacy and it’s up to them if they will move on to something more personal and less mimic. Their direction this time is once again hooked on Death’s material even though they now leave behind the gore, horror themes of ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ and ‘Leprosy’ and follow the ‘Spiritual Healing’ inspiration and approaching. The ‘Spiritual Healing’ era is personally speaking my favorite, so I was kind of curious to see how the band would treat its material, with the melodic instrumentation or how it would recreate the vulgar atmospheres. Gruesome is a well-oiled war machine that performs with surgical precision. What I hear is probably the closest thing we will ever hear to ‘Spiritual Healing’, the best tribute, the best remake of it. But it’s not the authentic, it’s something way too mimicry. Despite the fact that this is a record well executed and definitely made with love and devotion to the original maker, still it is too predictable. If it is a way to make new fans attracted to Death or the genre, it’s ok with me. I may go to see them live as I’m pretty sure they are more than awesome on stage. But I prefer on putting on my stereo once again ‘Spiritual Healing’, rather than buying ‘Twisted Prayers’. Recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Exhumed, 1349, Goatwhore) at New Constellation Studios in Orlando, FL, the album features also the legendary guitarist James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Testament) for a pair of special guest guitar solos and once again Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre) for the album’s marvelous (and so 80’s) cover art. It’s a killer but I’ve heard it all before, actually 28 years ago and I just can’t ignore this fact…