THE LURKING FEAR – Out Of The Voiceless Grave LP
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THE LURKING FEAR is no longer just the title of a classic H.P. Lovecraft horror story. It now represents a new five-piece death metal band featuring some of the finest musicians to come out of Sweden. Consisting of Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates/Disfear) on vocals, guitarists Jonas Stålhammar (God Macabre/Bombs Of Hades) and Fredrik Wallenberg (Skitsystem), bassist Andreas Axelson (Tormented/Disfear)and Adrian Erlandsson (At The Gates/The Haunted) on drums, the “supergroup” tag might come to mind, but as Tompa explains that is far from reality: “We want to steer away from the project / supergroup label. THE LURKING FEAR just happens to be five guys that are in or have been in other bands for a long period of time. We’ve all known each other since 1989 – me and Jonas were writing letters back and forth and tape trading – so I have no idea why it took so long for us to get together and do this.” And everyone who appreciates pure, timeless death metal inspired by Autopsy, (early) Death, Morbid Angel, Possessed or Repulsion will be beyond happy that they finally did as “Out Of The Voiceless Grave” is one hell of an album. Written within a mere two months, it strikes with an authentic, furious intensity and successfully avoids a retrospective, ancient sound by purpose: “We don’t want to try and recreate something that we’ve done in our other bands,” says Lindberg. “And we know what we don’t want. There are bands that try too hard to recreate that old school sound, and they make it too dirty and too raw just for the sake of it. We want to make good recordings that sound heavy as fuck and are well produced, but at the same time we want to expose that raw nerve that is missing in some of the more modern stuff.” Songs like “Vortex Spawn”, “The Infernal Dread”, “Upon Black Winds”, “Winged Death” or “The Starving Gods Of Old” are best proof that THE LURKING FEAR accomplished this goal. A must-have for any death metal maniac out there!