Neithan : Many underground labels are being run by diehard fans: that also goes for Ketzer Records, a label by German Alex Hehnle. Normally he is into releasing black metal, but many of these fans also share a passion for old school death metal with a satanic image. As you may already have guessed, the man behind Ketzer Records is such a fan, and Grave Desecrator is an old school no mercy death metal band. When comparing it to other releases on this label I think that it is fair to compare them a bit to Ares Wrath (Division), although Grave Desecrator has more groove and is less extreme. 'Sign Of Doom' is the band's official full length debut, after having released a demo in 2001 and a 7” EP in 2003.
Do not expect a bad sound because the band is old school and from Brazil, because it has been mastered by none less than Andy Classen. The album should have been released much earlier, but in catholic Brazil the band's image is still a hurdle to be taken. In all honesty, it is as renewing as a hamburger, but it does slide in just as easy when you have the taste for it. Bring up your old collection from the attic, and mix the simple death metal from bands like Sarcofago, Death in their early demo era (songs like 'Corpsegrinder' and 'Beyond The Unholy Grave'), Possessed and all those cult names, and you have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this Grave Desecrator. In other words: music from an era in which the genres death and black metal were much more closer to each other, from the end of the eighties and the early nineties, and also known as necro death metal from the old school.
In all honesty: the songs are pretty decent, yet simple regarding performance, but it has already been done so many times before. That is why I believe that this album will not bring the band massive international acclaim, yet that an old school cult fan might like this band, including their over-the-top pseudonyms: nice for the cult circuit so to say. Taking into consideration the way it is done and the conviction of the band coming from the veins of the album you will end up with the score as mentioned below.