Voodoo Gods – “Anticipation For Blood Leveled In Darkness” (Saturnal Records)
Formed by drummer Alex ‘Voodoo’ Von Poschinger back at the turn of the century, over the years he’s been joined by friends like Behemoth’s Nergal along with Mike Browning (ex-Morbid Angel, ex-Acheron) and guitar legend David ‘Shred Demon’ Shankle (ex-Manowar) on lead guitars. Most recently none other than Cannibal Corpse’s George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher has added his formidable vocal talents to the Voodoo Gods, living up to their (unintentional) reputation as a par excellence supergroup. Despite the large death metal presence, surprisingly other than in George’s familiar guttural tones, the music lends itself towards the supercharged heavy metal played by that other great Florida band, Charred Walls Of The Damned. Scale shredding Paganini virtuoso guitars that machine gun classic metal riffs complemented by guru of death Jean Baudin’s nuclear bass lines conspiring with Von Poschinger’s own precision anabolic drum work may give the uninitiated a seeming impression of blast beats but in reality are optimizations of the extreme meeting human technicality. It’s little wonder why there are so many extreme metal players in ‘Voodoo’s band! With a liberal and of course intelligent use of melodies both subtle and prominent, songs like ‘The Termination Of God’, ‘Wrath Of The Invisible Children’ and ‘Cetewayo’ (check out that sitar – Ed) draw conceptually from the spectral world as well as spiritual nature and despite Von Poschinger’s undisguised hatred of the church, his music could’ve been manna from the heavens themselves.