ALBUM: Gotsu Totsu Kotsu – “影ノ伝説” (Legend of Shadow)
LABEL: Disk Union
GENRE: Death Metal/Samurai Metal
RATING: 9.0 / 10
I’m probably not the kvltest bastard who’s ever skulked this planet, but I do enjoy some obscure death metal from far away lands from time to time. “影ノ伝説,” or rather “Legend of Shadow” in ze Englisch, is Japanese death metallers Gotsu Totsu Kotsu’s second album, and it comes four years on the heels of their full-length debut, “Mouryou”, which was utterly fantastic in its own right. However, “LoS” takes all the elements that made the debut so enjoyable and amps them up a notch and adds a noticeably improved, fantastic production.
If you’re not familiar with this groove machine of a death metal band, and you should be ASAP, everything is driven by some wild, unorthodox, and downright perplexingly stunning bass work by bassist/vocalist Haruhisa Takahata. He slaps and pops and grooves honestly like no other bassist in the world. From his very first bass fill in the first track, if you’ve ever heard him before, you instantly know it’s him.
However, its not just the bass that stands out. On their debut, the bass was extremely loud and in your face all the time. On “LoS” the guitars are brought more to the forefront in the production revealing some impressively tight riffing and the occasional sweet lead. Drumming is fairly basic by death metal standards, and nothing ever really sticks out, but the infectious grooves that have become this band’s trademark are always present and maintained and keep you listening to every track time and time again.
If you’re looking for something tasty and fresh in your death metal diet, you can’t go wrong with “Legend of Shadow” or Gotsu Totsu Kotsu. These three guys know what they’re doing and have a knack for producing high quality, rump-shakingly groovy death metal. If you haven’t checked them out yet, do yourself a favor and hunt this album down. You won’t be disappointed.
Review by: BH