Rose Funeral
Crucify. Kill. Rot.

Here’s another of Candlelight’s deathcore records licensed from the UK’s excellent Siege of Amida’s records (Diskreet, Whitechapel, The Partisan Turbine and Knights of the Abyss), and while not the best release or most original album either label will release this year, it’s a competent and confident record of snarling, breakdown heavy deathcore.

The formula is simply, but effectively rendered as Ohio’s Rose Funeral growl and scream their way through 10 tracks of lumbering metal that blurs the line between metalcore and death metal much like the likes of Job For a Cowboy, The Faceless and such, but will actually have more appeal to death metal fans due to the more traditional lyrical themes.

While the bulk of the material is expectedly based around impressive blackened shrieks, deep growls, huge breakdowns and bursts of a slightly shallow form of technical death metal (“Crucify. Kill. Rot”, “God’s Hideous Creation”, “Sledge Hammer Face-Lift”), the band does throw in a few At The Gates/The Black Dahlia Murder-ish forced melodies here and there such “The Well”, “State of Decay” and standout “Under A Godless Sky” and the oddly placed dual instrumentals “Intereo Diu” and “Dawning the Resurrection”. Still, the album despite its complete lack of originality, give me some level of satisfaction for the genre.

Rounded out by a tolerable production, Crucify. Kill. Rot, isn’t going to change the world or get you to like deathcore if you cant sand the prospect of short haired teenagers playing death metal, but as with Siege of Amida’s current and upcoming efforts by Diskreet, Whitechapel and The Partisan Turbine, delivers a pretty competent take on the genre.

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Written by Erik T
July 17th, 2007

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