The Wakedead Gathering

Album Title: 
Dark Circles
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Review Type: 

The label I, Voidhanger gave us the honourful opportunity to load down a handful of recordings that were officially released on October 16th of the long-forgotten year 2012. I do have the honour to listen to this stuff and, despite two boxes filled with new material still waiting to be reviewed, I’ll try to write down my subjective yet, of course, intensively professional and thrilling opinion ‘bout them as soon as possible.

I’ll start with this one: the mini-album (21:13) Dark Circles by Cincinnati, Ohio-based project The Wakedead Gathering, a one-man army by Andrew Lampe. This release might be considered some foretaste to the upcoming full length (title?), or the re-release of the limited, somewhat unfinished 2010-debut Tenements Of Ephemera. Personally I am very sad for not having had the opportunity to listen to that debut album (yet), but what I’m experiencing right now with this mini-album is truly orgiastic!

Mainly slow-downed yet energetic Old Skool Death Metal with a horrific, foul sound, twisted melodies and an obscure atmosphere. The early years of Death, Autopsy or, especially (last but not least): Incantation and Immolation might be a reference? And what if I add with: ‘a subtle hint of Swedish / German / Dutch grandeur’ (read: everything in between Asphyx, Morgoth and Dismember)?...

No, seriously, this sounds promising, so I do really look forward to listen to the upcoming full length (and if possible, the re-release of The Wakedead Gathering’s debut studio work)!