The World Ablaze
TLDR: Melodic black/death metal veterans succeed at mediocrity.
Review: God Dethroned from Netherlands have done a long career that spans for over 25 years. Their discography has been more or less equally full of hits and misses. For reasons unknown to me their steady pace took a hit after their previous album – Under the Sign of the Iron Cross – which was released in 2010. But now they are back. Unfortunately, this one isn’t a savior. On the contrary, as you can read below.
Bluntly put, The World Ablaze is a dull album. Even though it tries cherry picking in both black metal and death metal, it mostly fails. It’s easy to listen, I’ll admit, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good album. It’s not a bad one either, though, since there are some good moments. The album is at its best when it uses Amon Amarth leftovers, but other than that, this one is sadly a really uninteresting album of “extreme metal”.
Though not sure what’s so extreme in this: to me this sounds like a diet version of both black metal and death metal. Consider that a warning sign for those who enjoy real taste above artifical flavors.
For a black metal album this one ain’t dark enough and for a death metal album this one is just too soft. Compromises rarely work in anything extreme and this is like a text book example of that.
1. A Call to Arms
2. Annihilation Crusade
3. The World Ablaze
4. On the Wrong Side of the Wire
5. Close to Victory
7. Escape Across the Ice (The White Army)
8. Breathing Through Blood
9. Messina Ridge
10. The 11th Hour