ANGELCORPSE - Hammer of Gods LP (MARBLE)
In '96 true death metal was on its knees both commercialy and artistically. This album was a beacon of hope for a dying genre. While it's not as technically breathtaking as Angelcorpse's later work, it has a raw brilliance and sinister aura all its own. A clear Morbid Angel influence is here, but with more esoteric lyrics and unique riff constructs. For those of you who come to this album fresh from Helmkamp's work with Order From Chaos, you'll find it to be more aggressive and straight-forward musically, but equally dense in lyrical terms. The album has a dark and somewhat muffled sound suitable to underground death metal, which this most certainly is.
Re-issue, 250 x marble - beer/black 12" (180g) in a black poly-lined innerbag, gatefold full-color - black flood inside on 350g with UV partial lacquer, all assembled in a PVC overbag.