Rating:
6.9
Horned Almighty - World Of Tombs
1 September 2014


01. Intro
02. World Of Tombs
03. Diabolical Engines Of Torment
04. Unpure Salvation
05. Plague Propaganda
06. …Of Flesh And Darkness
07. In Torture We Trust Pt. II
08. This Unholy Dwelling
09. Blessed By Foulness
10. Twisted Mass Of Burnt Decay [Autopsy cover] [bonus]


Marduk, 1349, Goatwhore, Secrets Of The Moon, Deströyer 666, Witchery and Celtic Frost...Would you be surprised to find all of them leaving their fingerprints on this album? Yeah...probably not. What you might be surprised to hear is that the result isn't all too great.

Of course, you're not going to get great results when you borrow material only to water it down. Strictly speaking, Horned Almighty isn't a copycat band, they do have a sound of their own, it's just frequently comes across as a rough approximation of what other bands are already excelling at. Take the grandiose feel from recent Marduk, leads from 1349's Hellfire, the punkish approach of Goatwhore, the viciousness of Deströyer 666, slowed down a la Secrets Of The Moon, the catchy, stomping bombastic-ness of Witchery, delivered in the straight-cut, no frills ol' Celtic Frost style.

This sounds like a dream doesn't it? It sure does. Too bad World Of Tombs is so middle-of-the-road in every one of those aspects. Yeah, it sounds crushing, but not that crushing. Sure it's vicious, but not that vicious. Raw, but not too raw. It's decent, but it's nothing to write home about. Horned Almighty is like watching someone who took a painting class at a community college recreate some Rembrandt pieces. Sure, it's probably better than whatever you can do in your basement, and there was definitely effort put into the creation, but there's little to no excitement to be derived from the lack of imagination.

World Of Tombs is a collection of simply "OK" components other bands do better. Horned Almighty isn't necessarily a band to dismiss outright, but don't feel bad if this one slips past you.


 



Written on 17.08.2014 by
Doc Godin
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Troy Killjoy - 18.08.2014 at 02:15  
Do you even like music anymore?

I did listen to Necro Spirituals and felt the same way about it to be honest. Potentially great, realistically not so much. According to your review it doesn't look like they'll sound much different this time around either.
Doc Godin - 18.08.2014 at 02:22  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.08.2014 at 02:15

Do you even like music anymore?

I did listen to Necro Spirituals and felt the same way about it to be honest. Potentially great, realistically not so much. According to your review it doesn't look like they'll sound much different this time around either.

I just gave Crimson Shadows a rave review, 'cept I'd be incredibly surprised if you were interested by that one. Also, I've got a review for the new Keitzer album going up in a couple minutes, and it's pretty solid.

...But yeah, this band is potentially great, but after 12 years, I don't think there's going to be much growth.

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