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The Extra Dimensional Wound

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Album Review

The second album by California-based blackened death metal band Lightning Swords of Death lives up to the group's awesome name. They're definitely not a Mayhem tribute act; the most stereotypically black metal element of their music is the treble-heavy guitar sound. The riffs on display owe a lot to old-school thrash, and vocalist Autarch delivers the lyrics in a guttural, death metal style, as drummer Mike Vega pounds out avalanche-like rhythms, heavy on the double bass. The group fits (un)comfortably next to somewhat "post-black metal" acts like Tombs and Black Anvil, groups that see a future in synthesizing the best aspects of multiple metal subgenres into one roaring assault. There are lots of great moments on The Extra Dimensional Wound, mostly coming from the drummer, but Autarch's extended croaking roar at the end of "Invoke the Desolate One" will linger in a listener's mind for a while. And though the group focuses on head-down blasting, even to the point of omitting guitar solos, there are some melancholy touches here and there, like the two-minute atmospheric guitar interlude "Zwartgallig." The album's final track, the nearly 12-minute "Paths to Chaos," is very impressive, switching back and forth between punishing black/death metal and creepy hissing-and-rumbling interludes that recall the Eraserhead soundtrack.

Customer Reviews

Not bad

Nice vocals great guitar....just needs a little shock value


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Southern California's Lightning Swords of Death were forged in 2003, born of a pact between vocalist Autarch (aka Farron Loathing), guitarist Roskva (Jeremy Stramaglio), and bassist Menno (just Menno) to lay waste to humanity via the occult science of black metal. And so they set forth, like three riders of the Apocalypse (numerous different drummers have stood in as the fourth), beginning with 2005's Plunder & Lightning demo before unleashing the Golden Plague album in 2007, and then splitting a...
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The Extra Dimensional Wound, Lightning Swords Of Death
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: May 25, 2010

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