GENRE: Death Metal
RATING: 7.0 / 10
Kingdom hail from Poland and they’ve been around for about a decade now. They released their debut full length album entitled “Unholy Graveyard” back in 2008 and this is their second effort, five years later.
At first glance, we have this mind-blowing artwork that makes your ears thirsty for rotten noisy music and it sure worked like that for me. Kingdom‘s sound does not come as a surprise, and it’s nothing that you have not heard before here and there in old school death metal. They have grown quite dirtier though since their first album and have also changed some elements in their music. Personally, I prefer the current approach of theirs much more, even though it’s not a groundbreaking album.
The band focuses both on the filthiness and the speed of the songs, they have some moments when the music speeds up and gets more intense. The whispering type of growls they use is of the “love-it-or-hate-it”-characteristics, I don’t think that any other kind of vocals would fit this style and it sounds great. Two things that need to be pointed out is the mysterious introduction in “Slaves of Ruins” and the wonderful Nihilist (ex-Entombed) cover found in the middle of the album.
All in all, the whole package is enjoyable to the last second and it is definitely worth a couple of listens. On the downside, I don’t think it was anything memorable or innovative, nevertheless making it a bad album. They have established themselves in the wagon of the underground with this release.
♠Recommended tracks: Beast of the Sea / Slaves of Ruins / Nameless King
Review by: VS