Mr. Death Detached From Life

Mr. Death Detached From Life
Mr. Death are a Swedish death metal clearly influenced by the likes of Death Breath, who themselves are basically just a revival project for early Entombed, Autopsy and Grave albums. What a beautiful thing. Detached From Life is a punishing affair intent on reviving the relentless hammering and impassioned grunts/screams that established the genre. However, the band's adherence to such finite parameters does ensure that the album rarely offers anything of significance; there aren't many moments where a listener is blown away by a compelling vocal line, guitar riff or aural shift. Instead, the 11 tracks act as a sort of a steamroller linked to a meat grinder: churning, flattening and rending eardrums/brain cells into a big pile of sinew via guttural bellows, lumbering, distorted riffs and hammering drums. Detached From Life isn't unique or even that inventive, but it's certainly enthusiastic, passionate and well executed. For that alone it deserves attention. (Agonia)