The sixth full-length album by the legendary Dutch Death Metal/Death 'n' Roll band.
Gorefest's crowd-conquering reunion at the 2004 Dynamo Festival opened the doors for this comeback album, where they attempt to make up for a six-year absence by tapping into their well-regarded Grindcore and Death Metal legacy.
Heck, even "La Muerte"'s artwork recalls those classic Carcass and Napalm Death albums from the early '90s! Anyway, lucky for Gorefest that straight-up Death Metal was in such a stagnant condition in the mid-2000s that there's virtually no way "La Muerte" can fail, and its impressive opening tandem - the stately slow power chords and violent speed runs which alternate throughout "For the Masses", and the chugging, Entombed-like Rott & Roll of "When the Dead Walk the Earth" - seem to promise that an absolute tour de force is at hand. But it doesn't quite turn out that way - although, at their best, standout tracks like "You Could Make Me Kill", the joyously brutish "Malicious Intent" and the rather amusing "Exorcism" still trump most of the current competition with their mostly inspired collection of riffs and the often stark contrasts between Jan-Chris de Koeyer's crusty growling and Frank Haarthoorn and Boudewijn Bonebakker's melodic guitar leads.
Ultimately, all of the above may not be enough to announce a brave new day for either Gorefest or Death Metal in general, but it should more than justify the band's resurrection in their fans' eyes, at least!!
Limited Edition includes bonus DVD with studio reports, interviews and more!
Nuclear Blast GmbH, 2005 (NB 1494-0). Made in Germany. First press.
1. For The Masses 4:47
2. When The Dead Walk The Earth 4:47
3. You Could Make Me Kill 5:45
4. Malicious Intent 5:47
5. Rogue State 7:10
6. The Call 4:52
7. Of Death And Chaos 4:15
8. Man To Fall 3:50
9. Exorcism 4:10
10. 'till Fingers Bleed 5:18
11. The New Gods 4:09
12. La Muerte 9:54
1. Making "La Muerte" Pt. 1
2. Talkfest (Interviews)
3. Making "La Muerte" Pt. 2
4. From Ignorance To Oblivion (Live 2005)
5. Tools Of The Trade
Total playing time: 64:44