Review: Sotajumala – Teloitus [import-2007]

amazon-sotajumalaFinnish death metal quintet Sotajumala work an old school death metal crush into their ferocious eight-track sophomore disc TELOITUS, resulting in an album wrought in malevolence. Cuts like “Arkku Vailla Vainajaa” (yes, it’s all in Finnish) flesh out this squad’s American death metal influences such as Morbid Angel and Dying Fetus with buzzsaw precision while a barrage of warmongering metal characteristics pop up across the span of this disc (“Kidutus”) that would remind death metal folks of bands like Bolt Thrower. Unreliant on speed but able to turn up the velocity when needed, Sotajumala instead opts to employ loads of sledgehammer rhythms with dastardly guitars (“Riistetty Viattomuus”) to get its message of utter devastation across steeped with groove-laden brutality that fans of the golden era of death metal can absolutely latch onto. -Mike SOS


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