Gormathon - Following the Beast
Now, before you unleash a blood curdling battle cry, rush into your local Netto and smite the brain-ball from an unsuspecting teenage shelf stacker – pop this CD on your player. This is Gormathon and they may just quench your thirst for ferocious, bloodthirsty combat. That or I’ll be reading about you in the newspapers come the morrow.
Following the Beast is the melodic death metal Swedes’ debut release on Napalm Records since signing with them in 2013 and it is packed full of anthemic metal tune-age. Kicking off with a sweet heavy-as-fuck riff that’s welded tightly to the drums, Remedy is a total stomper. It’s a good tone setter for the rest of the album. It’s a fine line between good metal tunes and sounding too cheesy but across the twelve tracks on offer here, Gormathon somehow manage to stay on the right side of proceedings – thanks largely to a great sense of melody, big choruses and some murderous well-honed chops. There’s an almost Pantera groove and swagger to some of the riffs offered here. Singer Tony Sunnhag goes effortlessly from a gruff, death metal vocal style to an almost Rob Halford bite at times. Sometimes it grates a little in the choruses and is a bit over used in places but I suspect that’s just my tastes though. He definitely looks the part. He could probably turn up to a battle with no weapons, rip the arms of an enemy and secure victory by beating everyone to death with the soggy ends.
"Gormathon have crafted a fine release that will appeal not only to fans of Amon Amarth but fans of traditional metal in general."
Tracks like Hellbender smash along like a longboat heading towards enemy shores while Celestial Warriorcontains the kind of fast riffery you’d hear from Lamb of God. In Benevolence is a nice thrash along promising plenty of pit action in a live setting. Remember adds a balladic change in tempo and is a good old fists in the air and sway, sing-a-long with some lovely melodic guitar playing.
The piano intro on Absense of Trust is particularly effective and leads into an almighty thrasher. Again, that metal groove and swagger is present and the drumming is tight as a fishes arse.
In Following the Beast, Gormathon have crafted a fine release that will appeal not only to fans of Amon Amarth but fans of traditional metal in general. It’s fun stuff you can pound your fist to, get drunk and revel in the brotherhood that is METAL. So, raise your drinking horns in one hand, your metal horns in the other and bang your heads!
Words: Paul Cooke