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Mr. Death – “Detached from Life / Death Suits You / Descending Through Ashes” 2009-2011

Former Mr.Death member, Alex Stjernfeldt, sent the complete back-catalogue of the band to Deathdomain in hopes of getting a triple-feature. And who are we to deny him this……

For those unfamiliar with Mr.Death here’s an excerpt from the bands biography:

Mr. Death is a new band, but the members have been around for quite some time. Some of the members have played in legendary bands such as Treblinka (later Tiamat) and Expulsion. Nor of these bands are to be confused with Mr. Death though, which is a unique project. The music is straight forward, brutal old school death metal and played in the way we think death metal should be played and sound like.

Mr. Death started in early 2007 after Jörgen and Alex had been talking for some time about starting a band just like this. After a while Jonas joined in and the band was slowly starting to form. In April, Jocke came in and now Mr. Death really started to shape up. After the early more sporadic rehearsals during the spring and summer, we started to work more seriously. Shows were booked and we all felt that we really worked great together. In January 2008 Stefan joined us and now the band is complete. Only a month or so after that we recorded a four song demo called “Unearthing” in the classic Sunlight Studios with Tomas Skogsberg. Before the recording we had noticed a growing interest about the band from the outside, and the pressure on ourselves grew with this. We all feel that we lived up to the high expectations, and the positive feedback have been utterly overwhelming…….

Well, let’s see if the positive feedback keeps on flowing or not.


ALBUM:
 “Detached from Life”
LABEL: Agonia Records
YEAR: 
2009
GENRE: 
Death Metal
WEBSITE:
 link
RATING: 7.5 / 10

Mr.Death’s debut album “Detached from Life” does not disappoint. This is some Swedish old-school death metal indeed, done the way it pretty much could have been done already back in the early 90’s. This actually makes me wonder whether any of the riffs on this album already were written sometime back in the days or if everything has been written in the 00’s? Nevertheless, this doesn’t really matter. Mr.Death isn’t re-writing death metal-history with their music, but they do manage to take the hearkener on a journey back to the glory days of aspiring young bands such as Autopsy, Death, Treblinka and other bands of that time. Mr.Death’s music is built on a foundation of “simple-riffs”, rather than on displaying playing skills, which suits this kind of death metal just fine. The album being recorded in the infamous Sunlight Studios, produced by Tomas Skogsberg adds to the authenticity of the Swedish old-school death metal sound found on “Detached from Life”.

Recommended tracks: Suffer / Combined Anatomy


ALBUM:
 “Death Suits you”
LABEL: Agonia Records
YEAR: 
2010
GENRE: 
Death Metal
WEBSITE:
 link
RATING: 6.5 / 10

Death Suits You” takes off pretty much where “Detached from Life” left us. The soundscape is a bit crispier though than on its precursor, actually an improvement even though I didn’t have any complaints when it comes to the production on the debut album. This time around mixed by Fred Estby (of ex-Dismember fame), which could explain the improved drum sound that helps “Death Suits You” to sound better than its predecessor. Sadly though when it comes to the material, nothing really hooks me like some of the tracks found on “Detached from Life”. Still a solid 6 track EP of Swedish old-school death metal!

Recommended track: March to the Dark


ALBUM:
 “Descending Through Ashes”
LABEL: Agonia Records
YEAR: 
2011
GENRE: 
Death Metal
WEBSITE:
 link
RATING: 4.5 / 10

I never thought I’d say it, but after hearing “Descending Through Ashes” I’m sadly confident with the fact that there really can exist something such as “Too much distortion”. Up until now I didn’t think this was possible. I have a really hard time digesting the tracks on this album since the soundscape just sounds so damn broken; just imagine yourself listening to music through cracked speakers. I’m not sure if it is the fact that I just can’t get past the sound or if there is some truth to the feeling of “uninspired” song-writing. Nothing really hooks me, except for the opening riff on the title track that at least has some nice groove to it. I’m sorry, but this to me just isn’t all that good. I’ve seldom had problems with “bad production” (grown up with old cassette-demos and such), but I just can’t get passed this issue with “Descending Through Ashes”.

Recommended track: Descending Through Ashes

In conclusion:  If your up for some nice Swedish old-school death metal, pick up “Detached from Life” (2009), followed by the “Death Suits You” (2010) EP. And then, only then, the “Descending Through Ashes” (2011) album and hope that our taste in production differs from mine.


Review by: TK


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