Skelethal – Deathmanicvs Revelation MLP – (Iron Bonehead)

Is French old school?

Lately, a surge of old school bands took over the Earth and now another old school death metal is releasing its mini LP. But the fact is that is just lame to call this the “new wave of old school death metal”. It sounds phony, although I agree there are lots of bands out there that have extreme quality.

Although Skelethal has qualities, they fall in the field of Entombed “old school” way to make death metal. I don’t know where’s written that to sound old school and cool, people have to ape Entombed, but still… at least they are aping something very good. And as long as I am concerned I cannot remember a name of old school French death metal act. At least not a NOTABLE one by heart. (Hark poseurs: GOJIRA is neither DEATH METAL nor OLD SCHOOL)

As one can easily guess, there’re no highlights and stickers in this mini album. The sound is flat, although very well produced. All the vocals sound like L-G Petrov and Matti Kärki (Dismember). All riffs sound like Entombed and Dismember.

So this is not bad for an imitation band. They do what they do with perfection. They just won’t stand by imitating Swedish classics. They should have something for themselves.

(Daniel Death)

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