Pim B. : When you are familiar with the previous two Skeletal Remains albums, you will know what to expect. Pure OSDM in the vein of Death and Pestilence. To be a bit more precise; Death at the time of ‘Leprosy’ and ‘Spiritual Healing’ and Pestilence during their ‘Consuming Impulse’-era. The comparison with the latter becomes even more apparent as Chris Monroy’s vocals remind a lot of Martin van Drunen’s style.
On this new album ‘Devouring Mortality’ not a lot has changed. The band from California simply delivers a very solid death metal album. Is it original? No it’s not, but we don’t care. Skeletal Remains wrote eleven songs with killer riffs, great tempo changes, cool solos and grandiose grooves. All packed with great cover art and a fine mix courtesy of Dan Swanö. Lately you hear some people complaining about his studio skills. I think he gave Skeletal Remains a great sound.
All ingredients for an above-average death metal album are there. The fact the band switched to Century Media after two albums on F.D.A. Records will only bring them further. By the way, in the US Dark Descent Records is handling this release.
Next to a regular edition on CD and vinyl there is also a digipack release with a bonus track in the form of a cover of Cancer’s ‘Hung, Drawn And Quartered’. Another band you can compare Skeletal Remains to.