The Lurking Fear – ‘Out Of The Voiceless Grave’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Rose   
Monday, 07 August 2017 04:00

The Lurking Fear coverI decided to listen to this album before getting into the biography and history of the band. A one off experiment of mine, the first thought that hit me was this band had a clear Swedish death metal sound which straight off the bat enticed my ears and the thunderous vocals thumped my bones. I immediately heard bands like At The Gates and The Haunted in their sound. Which evidently turned out to be exactly who I was listening to...


The album's opening track 'Out Of The Voiceless Grave', which is also the name of the album, is a slow instrumental horror appetizer which ends quite abruptly with promises of more melodious tastes along the way, those promises go unfulfilled yet they keep my grumblings at bay with a hard and brutal sound.


I wondered if the band’s name had any ties to H.P. Lovercraft's short story 'The Lurking Fear' and decided the opening track's dark and eerie feel could be an indicator of this.


Moving on to the intense drums punching side by side with piercing riffs, the members of the band all hold their own ground; they give each other space and time to unfold their clear talents, and thus come across as a strong front delivering glorious metal for our listening pleasure


Their energy is violent and constant throughout the entire album. 'The Rhythm Of Their Bones', track number five on the album, made me want to thrash out in nostalgic headbangs once seen at Gorgoroth gigs in the late ‘90s.


Although claiming to be pure Swedish Death Metal there are clear forces of true Norwegian black metal at work here. The two genres share a quite unique sound and to combine the two in the way The Lurking Fear have is a clear gift of musical accomplishment.


‘Out Of The Voiceless Grave’ is released on Friday (11 August). You can get your copy HERE.


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