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Iniquity - Serenadium, The Hidden Lore

Iniquity - Serenadium, The Hidden Lore

Label : Mighty Music | Archive under death metal / grindcore

Release type: Re-release

Wilco : Iniquity... wow. Long-time no hear! I had never expected new material form these guys again. Well, that isn’t the case actually. The Danish death metal pioneers are rereleasing their debut album 'Serenadium' from 1996 and their EP 'The Hidden Lore' from 1998, this time on one CD or vinyl. The reason for this fact is that the album ‘Serenadium’ was released about twenty years ago and the band has recently given their very very very final performance. Founding member Brian Petrowsky died of an overdose in 2011, aged 37.

About the music. When an album is re-released (and in this case; remastered) it should be worth it. Unfortunately, we now know that that is not always the case. With this release I will remain quite neutral and that has more to do with my preferences than the release itself. The band plays death metal like we know from Cannibal Corpse, which is not my favourite style unfortunately. Personally, I could do without this re-release. Although I already knew it in 1996. It was one of my first death metal albums. Of course, this style fits to an acquired taste. In the genre, this is not a bad album at al. The metal is brutal and varied. The sound on this re-release is pretty good. Moreover, this band was one of the first in this genre from Denmark. That country hardly played a role in the brutal metal at the time. We all know how that has changed. I do not know if that is due to this band. For fans of the genre, however, this is a fine memory and for the purists it is a document.

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