Tyrants of Doom

For almost a decade, German duo Slaughterday has been rendering their Autopsy worshiping ( Slaughterday is a song from the Mental Funeral album) tones with  3 albums and a couple of EPs. And with album number 4, even with the word ‘doom’ in the title, they continue that trend with another killer album.

With an album title like Tyrants of Doom, I was expecting a full-on turn into more doom death, (which has always been a part of their sound as well as muses, Autopsy), but the balance from prior albums has remained with an ample heaping of visceral death metal along with the expected scrawling, oozing Autopsy ish hues.

And to these ears (it’s been two years since the last album, Ancient Death Triumph), even with a base sound, things are dare I say melodic than what I recall, with Jörg Uken’s cleaner (God Dethroned, Dawn of Disease, Dew-Scented) recording, but also the songwriting leaning a little into a more Dismember tone and style, with more solos than I recall of prior efforts.

Of course, I could be completely wrong and they have sounded like this for a few albums now, but regardless, it does not change the fact Tyrants of Doom is a killer effort both in recording and more varied, dynamic songwriting. I mean go listen to  “Necromantic Visions”, about a minute in it turns into a song that could have been from Massive Killing Capacity. The same for the leads in “Pestilent Tombs” or “Drown in Filth” and “Parasitic”. But there are still loads of immediately identifiable Autopsy-inspired blasts and crawls like open “Mauled”,  “Coffined Savior”, “Grave Nihilist” and most certainly the title track.

Continuing from the 2018 Abbatior EP, the album ends with a cover of Carnivore’s “Predator”, and homage to Lord Petrus Steele, and ends the album on a slightly different note, but still makes for a killer album from a band that’s starting to get a real solid level of consistency with their releases.

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Written by Erik T
September 27th, 2022


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