Wednesday 18 September 2019

The Glorious Dead - Imperator Of The Desiccated 7"

Labels: Bindrune Recordings/Eihwaz Recordings
Formats: Vinyl/Digital
Release Date: 18 Jul 2019


1. Mangled Cerebration
2. Celebrate The Corpse

Staring at the black/white artwork and the red writing of the band logo had me hypnotised for a minute. It reminded me of so many old-school death metal record covers, from before albums were adorned with spilling entrails and bodies being defiled. Michigan (US) quartet The Glorious Dead have returned with their first EP in a decade and with it a sense of OSDM as it was before slam took over. At this point, I'll be upfront and say that I really enjoy guitarist Marty's Youtube Channel but that's not the reason I'm here tonight. I'm here to celebrate this 7" and indeed The Glorious Dead for what they are.

Good old organic, live and mad death metal is what’s on show here. This EP begins with Mangled Cerebration and its rawness is more than matched by the instrumentation and vocals, which are clear and super enjoyable. There’s a sinister and gloomy edge to TGD’s sound that seems to be brought out even more by the recording. Celebrate The Corpse is a doom/death leviathan that was recorded in a live setting. The vocals are deeper and they match the low-end rumble that takes the music in an even darker direction. Their musical skill is obvious given their previous involvement in other bands over the years. 

It’s not delicate nor is it easy listening but it’s genuine. Often people get too tied up with wishing that their favourite bands would release greater amounts of music, but sometimes less is more. The Glorious Dead take that latter approach and make a greater impression because of it. OSDM the way is should be!

You can stream "Imperator Of The Desiccated" and purchase it both digitally and on vinyl below:-

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