Occult – Elegy for the Week

up_110104_occultThere have been two main countries that have carried on the tradition of death-thrash since the late eighties/early nineties; those countries are Holland and Sweden. Sweden with such acts as the mighty Merciless as well as others like Maze Of Torment and Hypnosia. Holland has had the likes of (early) Thanatos, Dead Head and Occult. Of these three only Occult remains active and true to their roots. Their latest effort “Elegy For The Weak” continues on this tradition in fine form. Here they serve up nine new tracks of relentless, fist banging death-thrash along with a re-recorded version of the track “Until The Battle” from 1996’s “The Enemy Within” on Foundation 2000. This song rages even harder with the modern production newly bestowed upon it. The only weak point here is track five, titled “Expire” which interrupts the flow of the album with 2:21 of non-musical noise/sounds. Otherwise, “Elegy For The Weak” should sate your hunger for the old school sound long abandoned or ineptly attempted by many. – Lance Rogers


~ by martyworm on January 3, 2009.

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