So, Death Metal/Crust band DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN are back with …And You Will Obey Me (out now, Transcending Obscurity Records), and boy is it a doozy. Featuring the one and only Rogga Johansson on guitars and bass, alongside vocalist David Ingram, what we are treated to is an album featuring ten tracks that pummel you from beginning to end. I’m a pretty big Johansson guy, so any band/project he’s involved with will always garner my attention. But I have to say that this band has a certain something I was drawn to immediately. And it’s not just their heaviness or wrecking ball intensity.
Let’s start with the songs. Right away I was all in on “The End of Time” because it actually has a very unique sound for a tune in this genre. The same can be said for “Omega.” That riff pattern is fucking killer, and every time I hear it I just wanna do shots! Opener “Destroy the Infinite” is a sonic smackdown that will for sure get your attention, and “Axis of Insanity” is one of the more pummeling tracks on this offering. “…And You Will Obey Me” is the sonic equivalent of a baseball bat with barbed wire wrapped around it, looking to split someone’s head open in a gory home run. And that’s something I’d pay to watch.
Things get faster with “House of Blue Fire” and “The Age of Steel” and while that’s cool, they kind of ran together. Although, “Steel” had a very nice melodic guitar solo. No matter, because “Eye of Harmony” comes in and bulldozes everything in sight, while “Darkness of Glass” moves like a killer, stalking its prey. With a really cool guitar solo and sinister vibe, this was a favorite from jump! “Panopticon” ends the record in fight mode, and it kicks ass like it’s supposed to. At the end of the day I enjoyed DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN and their new album …And You Will Obey Me. Did it get a little repetitive in places? Sure. But the songs that stood out REALLY stood out for me. So you guys should definitely check this one out if you haven’t already.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “The End of Time”, “Omega”, “…And You Will Obey Me”, “Darkness of Glass”