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Laethora - March of the Parasites Review

by Billy Gamble

Swedish metal lately is usually melodic through and through with an association involving either keyboards, guitars with multiple melodic effects, or both. Laethora from Gothenburg, Sweden provide a more old school At the Gates meets Kataklysm sound. Laethora also use black metal tactics with bloody guttural buzz saw vocals on occasion followed up with fast picking painting epic metal. The CD also has a Viking metal feel influencing such Amon Amarth - esque tunes such as "Parasite" and Clothing for the Dead." More slow-paced Enslaved tempos also appear, such as "The Scum of us All".

"March of the Parasite" starts off with weird samples. Samples are used on and off, sprinkled across the album's mix. After the sample the album unexpectedly explodes on the tracks "Revolution at Hand" and "Repulsive" with an At the Gates group with a lower Devildriver vocalist. Jonatan Nordenstam hits low Six Feet Under with a pinch of Devildriver. Joel Lindel goes back and forth on the disc. One moment he'll be going with a light beat with a double bass in the background, and then breaks out with blazingly fast beats. These slower tempos bordering on breakdown beats leaves the door open for Joakim Rosen and Niklas Sundin (guitars) creating something that sounds like old school death metal with a punk-hardcore sound, but its not quite deathcore.

Laethora's debut "March of the Parasites" is fast ripping chords; double bass pedal bombardments, and deep guttural cookie monster gone cannibal vocals with a kick of industrial. The album has the occasional stale moment where the chords are a bit funky and choppy. They're also the occasional sections where the music gets a little too melodic which don't sit well in the Six Feet Under-esque track "Black Voice Remembrance."

Track List
1. Parasite
2. Clothing for the Dead
3. Revolution at Hand
4. Imposters
5. Black Void Remembrance
6. Repulsive
7. The Scum of us All
8. Y.M.B.
9. Warbitrary
10. Facing Earth

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