There’s kind of an interesting back story behind these old-school Swedish death metalers. They formed in 1988 as Beyond, released three demos and ended up breaking up in 1994 having not put out a full studio release. Three members of the band went onto Centinex, a pretty cool death metal band that focused on narratives about war and the end of the world and two played in Demonical. Then the dudes in Interment then got back together and put out a split in 2007 before recording Into the Crypts of Blasphemy, which goes down as their debut, 22 years after forming.
I think it’s important to keep that in mind when listening to this because if you approach this as a true debut, well — then this is totally dated. It’s a brutal, morbid album that sounds very much like vintage Dismember or early Entombed records. Into the Crypts has those same chainsaw riffs on every song that marked that typical Swedish sound back in the early nineties with just enough melody to make it an extremely listenable record.
Staying true to and old-school sound is usually a losing battle unless you do it really well but Interment totally kicks 1991’s ass. Now if you spend your money or fill your bandwidth with this and then wonder why you couldn’t just dig out Entombed’s Left Hand Path to get the same general feeling – don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Get Into the Crypts of Blasphemy now over at Amazon.
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