Sammath delivers “Across the Rhine is Only Death”, a true tale of of death & destruction, no fancy fairytale!
Sammath have been around since 1994 and this is their 6th full length album. Jan Kruitwagen (vocals and guitars) as usual leads the charge here as and in doing so, he and his band mates (new drummer Wim van der Valk, ex-Centurian/Inquisitor and long time bassist Ruud Nilessen) have delivered an album that by far surpasses any of their previous releases by far. Ever since their debut album “Strijd”, Sammath have been dealing in the furious dark art of raging Black/Death/War Metal, maybe even leaning towards Grindcore, witth even a Punk in attitude and on “Across The Rhine Is Only Death” is no different. This album serves as a sort of culmination for what the bands career has been building to. It takes their previous album “Godless Arrogance” a couple of steps further and sees the band perfect the style they have been striving for for 25 years!
Like a war hammer to the head, “Across The Rhine Is Only Death” is Extreme Metal which beats you into submission. It provides a very grim soundtrack to battle and the total annihilation and destruction that war brings, put into audio form. War is no fun, destruction is not a Satanic gimmick, it is a reality created by humanity. The concept focussses on the final months of World War II, when Germany desperately holds on to the Rhine as the western border, hence the name of the album. It is the ultimate soundtrack to the nightmare of War on the frontline.
Hard to pin down if Sammath belongs into Death or Black Metal, or even War Metal. But lets agree it is Extreme Metal, in music, in concept and in attitude, it is not for the weak, but for those made of Krupp’s Stahl! References one might find when listening: Revenge, Angelcorpse, Autopsy, Mayhem, Marduk