In the last issue of our Top 20 Music Chart, which collects the best albums across all genres, the new album by Dutch veteran metallers God Dethroned entered straight and directly at the third place. And this happend 5 months since the beginning of the year, meaning that the chart is really packed with solid and important albums. The reason for that is simple: we’re in front of a great work. The World Ablaze is a magnificient album and one of the best metal releases you will hear in 2017.
God Dethroned are a Death Metal band from Netherlands with a long-term career which started as back as 1991. In such a long time span the group went through a number of changes in the line-up and also some periods of silence. The World Ablaze arrives in fact seven years after their previous release, but from what we hear we may imagine the dutch metallers spending this time refining and improving their signature Blackened Death Metal style. Death Metal is not an easy kind of music to hear, and unfortunately this sub-genre is today inflated by an excessive number of low-level bands that simply find themselves pushing the sounds to the extremes, without particular skills or any research for something different to say. Nothing we just wrote applies to The World Ablaze.
The quality of the album is impressive, there is a fantastic balance between energy and melancholy, the two main and recurring themes of their recent production. God Dethroned have an undeniable capability to forge impressive and engaging guitar riffs which result enough catchy and “groovy” to make the songs enjoyable to hear but keeping some of the brutality of standard Death Metal.
Speaking of the music, the band are on top form here, still straddling the nebulous border between the more “extreme” end of Melodic Death Metal, and the more song-based side of “true” Death Metal, but with a renewed focus and confidence – the hooks are still sharp and spiteful, the riffs are still intense and electrifying, while the drums, although still supremely ferocious when they need to be (which is often) aren’t quite as frantic as they were on their previous album, Under the Sign of the Iron Cross, with the band taking a more measured and dynamic approach to their writing this time around. (No Clean Singing)
Whether you are already a battle-hardened God Dethroned fan or someone new to death metal, ‘The World Ablaze’ will almost certainly be a hit. How could it not be though? This is God Dethroned at their savage, brutal and beautiful best. (The Blog of Much Metal)