Zombiefication – Below the Grief

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: https://www.facebook.com/DoomentiaRecords/
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://doomentiarecords.bandcamp.com/album/below-the-grief
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/zombiefication666

Band line-up:

Mr. Hitchcock – Vocals
Mr. Jacko – Bass / Guitars
Mr. Blast – Drums

Tracklisting:

01. Blood Falls – 5:53
02. Deliverence from the Astral Sea – 6:13
03. Echoes of Light – 5:29
04. From Death to its Son – 8:36
05. Heavy is the Crown – 7:27
06. Hunger Undying – 6:00
07. Sky Burial – 5:41

Review

After four years of silence, one of Mexico’s best metal bands is back with their fourth full length album: ‘Below The Grief’.

‘Below The Grief’s’ cover (which is beautiful) shows resemblance with covers of classic Swedish death metal albums, which is not a suprise since the band itself is inspired by the genre. (I wish more bands would get inspiration from Entombed).

The first thing that hit me when I pressed play is that the sound of the duo has changed since ‘Procession Through Infestation’. It sounds more blackened which not just gives more to the atmosphere, but takes the band to another level. I think Mr Hitchcock and Mr Jacko found their own sound.

The production itself is as filthy as it has to be (more dirt would be way too ’90s, less would be simply shit) which makes the drums sound more realistic. However, during the fast parts you can hear that they are a tiny bit weird, but that isn’t disturbing at all.

As I mentioned the blacker sound gives more atmosphere. This album is the most melancholic effort of Zombiefication; great soundtrack if you are wanting to be farther from humanity, and the vocals just intensify this feeling.

This album differs from the previous ones, and in many cases this isn’t good, but these guys have hit the nail on the head and made an album which has outdone everything they’ve made so far. It’s worth the four year’s wait for this album, but hopefully we don’t have to wait as long for the next one.

 

Review by Gabor Csete
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