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Sotajumala - "Teloitus" (CD)

Sotajumala - "Teloitus" CD cover image

"Teloitus" track listing:

1. Tappaja Ja Tapettu (5:47)
2. Arkku Vailla Vainajaa (3:52)
3. Kuolinjulistus (4:08)
4. Riistetty Viattomuus (4:23)
5. Verellä Kirjoitettu (4:08)
6. Oikeutus (4:02)
7. Kidutus (4:39)
8. Teloitus (7:54)

Reviewed by on December 23, 2009

"As a whole, the album is a tightly composed, well put together piece that is definitely a worthy addition to one’s metal collection."

Growling their military themed lyrics in their native Finnish language, Sotajumala is a blistering death metal band with a lot of early 90s influence. “Teloitus” is an album that will seriously appeal to fans of death metal from that era. With blistering, technical drums, shredding guitars, and deep, roaring vocals, this band is definitely not ground breaking, but they know death metal and they do it right.

This album is well produced and well played. The riffs aren’t particularly technical, but they are very heavy. The drumming is extremely well done; it’s very technical and full of fills. The album starts out with “Tappaja Ja Tapettu,” which utilizes sinister riffs and catchy rhythm work. This is about how the rest of the album plays out. “Kuolinjulistus” is probably the heaviest track on the album and has a very brutal intro. Some of the songs have solos and these are very well played. I just wish the band would have included more of them.

Some of the slower, chugging songs are interesting, but are probably the weaker tracks of the album. “Riistetty Viattomuus” and the beginning of the title track are this way (even though it picks up later and provides for a great end to the album). Fortunately, these tracks are outweighed by tracks like “Verellä Kirjoitettu,” which are faster paced and much more interesting to listen to. The drums on these tracks are particularly blistering and make for awesome death metal tracks.

Even though this album is nothing new, it will definitely appeal to long time fans of the death metal genre, especially those who love their metal super heavy. As a whole, the album is a tightly composed, well put together piece that is definitely a worthy addition to one’s metal collection.

Highs: Well produced death metal.

Lows: Nothing new.

Bottom line: Heavy death metal that hearkens back to the genre's roots.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)