Gruesome – “Dimensions Of Horror” EP (Relapse Records)
If you’re a fan of old school Death – as in Chuck Schuldiner’s band – especially during its classic era of “Scream Bloody Gore” and “Leprosy”, then look no further than Gruesome! Exploding onto the scene last year in “Savage Land”, whose homage to Death even attracted original Death artist Ed Repka, Gruesome have saluted Chuck Schuldiner’s spirit and sentiment by respectably bringing it into modernity. Formed by ex DTA members Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Dekapitator) on guitar / vocals and drummer Gus Rios (ex-Malevolent Creation), it didn’t take long before Derekta‘s bassist Robin Mazen joined them along with guitarist Daniel Gonzalez (Possessed). Between these veterans a hugely respectable job has been done in taking an essentially simplistic but addictive style and enriching it to the max in both savagery and sophistication. The sound of the instruments has been intentionally tuned to match Schuldiner – along with original members Rick Rozz, Terry Butler and Bill Andrews so its virtually like you’re listening to that very band across the 6 tracks, graced once again by Ed Repka’s art. Right from the evil diddly dee riffing to the wild neo classical solos and twacking snare drum speed runs, its all authentically captured on songs like ‘Hellbound’, ‘Forces Of Death’ and ‘Seven Doors’, making “Dimensions Of Horror” one of the top EP releases this year.