Album Review: God Dethroned – Illuminati 5 (Melo Death)

Written by Carcassbomb

  • God Dethroned
  • Illuminati
  • Melo death/black
  • Netherlands
  • February 7, 2020
  • Via Metal Blade
  • 5/10

Do you like overt lyrics about secret society chanted over meldo death? Do you like the rhythm elements of Rivers Of Nihil minus the progressive flair? Then say no more, I’ve got you covered with the new God Dethroned. It constantly switches between being really heavy and being a bit limp. At its peak it works these two sides together to make a dramatic record. Not necessarily a very good one.

This album is basically the music equivalent the drunken conversation you have when you’re the last ones still drinking at the end of the night and the other guy is your friends uncle, and in hushed serious voices you talked about the “big picture”. “Yeah nah, what I think it’s all about is…” and then he talked for like 20 minutes and you just said “Yeah” and tried to steer the chat elsewhere repeatedly. Ok, he looks like Alex Jones in my head.

The album doesn’t just heavily deal in conspiracy, it also blends these themes in with vague and ominous symbolism like moon phases and natural elements. Kind of reminds me of Entombed in that spirit. The identity of the overall tracks seems confused to me, there isn’t a signature through line that ties it all together. Some tracks some closer to Amon Amarth towards the middle that shifts the tone entirely.

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The artwork looks great aside from maybe the eye pyramid being a bit overdone at this point. This is what happens when a vocalist reads The Illuminatis! Trilogy once. The album is highly produced and competently played but it’s not constructed very well, nor does it sound very good. This sounds like another album trying to do the I Loved You At Your Darkest by Behemoth style of blackened death.

5/10


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