ALBUM: Ribspreader – “Meathymns”
LABEL: Vic Records
GENRE: Death Metal
RATING: 8.0 / 10
To say Rogga Johansson is a prolific death metal songwriter is like saying Peter Forsberg was pretty good at hockey. The man is in something like 257 active bands and plays whatever instruments are needed. The guy does work. If he doesn’t earn your respect with all that work he puts in album after album, no one should.
That being said, Ribspreader is one of my favorite Rogga projects right alongside The Grotesquery and Paganizer. So how does Ribsreader differentiate itself from countless other modern Swedish death metal bands out there today that are either with or without Rogga? No idea. What I can tell you, though, is that with “Meathymns,” Ribspreader have created a finely polished album that mixes all the right elements of old school and modern Swedish death metal that ultimately enjoyable and extremely groovy.
As far as the riffs go, nothing on the album will blow your mind or shock you in any way whatsoever. However, the sense of rhythm and groove that the Rogga and Andreas Carlsson generate with all the neat palm-muted, syncopated chunks almost forces your bang your head a little. The drums, courtesy of Brynjar Helgetun, for all the cool rhythmic moments the guitars make, are also nothing short of almost generic, but that’s how this type of album needs them to be: easy and simply competent. Simplicity works here.
Where this album really stands out is in its production. Yeah, it’s old school death metal in structure, but it sounds stunningly beautiful. The foundation of the bottom end, which is made by the kicks and bass guitar, sounds massive. The guitars are extremely gainy but have strong attack. As for the vocals, they roar and feel like they’re coming right out of the speakers into your face. This is just a great sounding record.
So what’s the downside here? Well, honestly not much aside from the fact that it’s nothing you probably haven’t heard before. But if you’re looking for some quality, competent, no-nonsense death metal in its purest form made by a few guys with a solid pedigree who know exactly how to make it, check this one out.
Review by: BH