Unfortunately, due to Chuck Schuldiner's untimely demise, this album is the last Death album. Fortunately, it shows Death still at the height of their game.
There's not much you can do after making a stellar skin tearing, eyeball boiling album like Symbolic. Except perhaps to intensify the skin tearing and eyeball boiling. Even after listening to a few prior Death albums non-stop for a few weeks and familiarising myself with them, this album still took me by surprise. Usually, I'm like a Ninja and not much takes me by surprise. Except surprise itself. Must be my raging caffeine addiction.
Despite all the sandal melting metal, there is also the painfully beautiful melancholy of Voice of the Soul, a guitar instrumental track. Simply ineffable.
Death must be one of the few metal bands from their era where you can hear and appreciate the bass guitar. I blame Metallica for the inaudible bass trend. I also blame them for the gay pride march.
Richard Christy versus Anne Lindfjeld
It has come to my attention that Richard Christy regularly peruses the fine scriptures of Vault of Horror. I've always had my suspicions that Richard is a man who appreciates the finer things in life. This judging by his choice of bands (Iced Earth and Death) and his encyclopaedic knowledge of pornography.
So the fans of Vault of Horror may be pleasing to the ear, but are they as pleasing to the eye as the fans of The Necro Files?
Anne Lindfjeld is a professional model and it's about time that she becomes a Playboy bunny. Just look at those awesome tats! You can find out more about Anne here:
This is what Anne had to say about The Necro Files:
"That's a good blog you've got going there."
In your FACE Vault of Mordor!
- Scavenger of Human Sorrow
- Bite the Pain
- Spirit Crusher
- Story to Tell
- Flesh and the Power It Holds
- Voice of the Soul (Instrumental)
- To Forgive Is to Suffer
- A Moment of Clarity
- Painkiller (Judas Priest cover)
- Richard Christy: drums.
- Scott Clendenin: bass guitar.
- Shannon Hamm: guitar.
- Chuck Schuldiner: vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar.
And Anne Lindfjeld can get 5 rating skulls: