Here's a vertiable 'supergroup' that honestly sounds like a lost BENEDICTION album. With members of bands like BOLT THROWER, HAIL OF BULLETS, BENEDICTION, PAGANIZER, DOWN AMONG DEAD MEN, AKATHARTA, etc., this is serious stuff. It's well-written death metal that's powerful, nostalgic and memorable. Released at the end of last year, it may have been overlooked by some, but it's never late for some timeless old school death metal. METAL INJECTION premiered their official lyric video HERE.
Dave Ingram (HAIL OF BULLETS, ex-BOLT THROWER, ex-BENEDICTION) - Vocals, Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, DEMIURG, PUTREVORE, MEGASCAVENGER) - Guitar, Johan Berglund (RIBSPREADER, DEMIURG, THE GROTESQUERY) - Bass, Kjetil Lynghaug (JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN, PAGANIZER) - Lead Guitar, Travis Ruvo (AKATHARTA, CROPSY MANIAC) - Drums
#2 ALBUM OF THE YEAR at Ave Noctum (UK) - -"deliver old school proper death metal with crushing riffs" #3 ALBUM OF THE YEAR at Metal Talk (UK) - "Death Metal at its finest" METAL INJECTION VIDEO PREMIERE TERRORIZER MAGAZINE PREMIERE DECIBEL MAGAZINE PREMIERE NO CLEAN SINGING PREMIERE ECHOES AND DUST PREMIERE - "we’re as excited as death metal guys can be" - Decibel Magazine (US) - "Life wouldn’t be the same" - Ramzine (UK) 5/5 - "an instant hit" - Wonderbox Metal (UK) - "final stop for awesomeness in 2016" - Head-Banger Reviews (US) - "sounds like a Benediction comeback" - Teeth of the Divine (US) - "gives every old school Deathhead the tears of joy" - XXL Rock (Germany) 6/7 - "retro-themed fun" - Don's Metal Reviews (US) 95/100 - "impossible not to like it" - Sweden Rock - "in your face, roaring beast of an album" - Lords of Metal (Netherlands) 85/100 - "the answer for all of the calls from the beyond" - Deadly Storm (Czech Republic) - "Glorious" - FFM Rock (Germany) 8.8/10 - "epic quality" - Metal Italia (Italy) - "death metal at its finest" - Screaming Guitars (US) - "Damned good classic death metal" - Hard Rock Info (Sweden) - "death metal meteorite" - Iye Zine (Italy) - "A great release indeed" - Brutalism (Netherlands) 4 stars - "have absolutely nailed the sound of Benediction classics" - Wormwood Chronicles (US) - "more than just extremely heavy" - Glacially Musical (UK) - "probably one of his best vocals in his career" - Masterful Magazine (Poland) - "very good, classic death metal" - Brutalview (Greece) - "plenty of entertainment" - Dead Rhetoric (US) - "this record is crazy!" - Wings of Death (Netherlands) - "old-school death metal done right!" - All About The Rock (UK) 8.5/10 - "Death metal greatness" - Third Eye Cinema (US) - "rib-crushing death metal" - Sorrow Eternal (US) - "more classic Old School Death Metal" - Zephyr's Odem (Germany) - "back to the good old days of death metal" - Maximum Metal Reviews (US) - " unashamedly old school and it works wonderfully well" - Echoes and Dust (UK) - "80% Benediction" - Power of Metal (Denmark) - "great" - True Bringer of Death (US) 8/10 - "ferocious piece of death metal decimation" - No Clean Singing (US) - "managed to give the best of themselves" - Necromance (Spain) - "a good record" - Zware Metalen (Netherlands) - "Echelon is the answer to classic Death Metal nowadays" - Dissecting the Euphony (Malaysia) - "death metal at its finest" - Two Guys Metal Reviews (France) - "punishing riffs" - Moshpit Nation (UK) - "a good death metal record" - Dioses del Metal (Spain)
Genre - Classic Death Metal Release Date - December 22nd, 2016 Record Label - Transcending Obscurity Records (India) For fans of - BOLT THROWER, BENEDICTION, WARLORD UK, URSINNE, PAGANIZER, JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN, ENTOMBED, MASTER, GRAVE, UNLEASHED New death metal supergroup ECHELON carry on where another supergroup STENCH PRICE left, employing the services of Dave Ingram (HAIL OF BULLETS, ex-BOLT THROWER, ex-BENEDICTION), Rogga Johansson (PAGANIZER, DEMIURG, PUTREVORE), Johan Berglund (RIBSPREADER, THE GROTESQUERY), Kjetil Lynghaug (JOHANSSON & SPECKMANN, PAGANIZER) and Travis Ruvo (AKATHARTA, CROPSY MANIAC).
Expect death metal that is stupendous, old school and fleshed out, emphasizing on crushing British brutality coupled with classic Swedish melodic sensibilities and riffing power. Care has been taken to ensure that the nostalgic value remains foremost, as the music traverses through many winding yet memorable songs, with impeccable compositions by the riff-master Rogga and probably one of Dave Ingram's finest vocal performances of his career. This is a varied, bombastic album that will go down as one of the strongest albums of this era.
Track list: 1. Plague of the Altruistic 2. The Forbidden Industry 3. Lex Talionis 4. Of Warlocks and Wolves 5. The Brimstone Aggrandizement 6. Vital Existence 7. The Feared Religion 8. Monsters in the Gene Pool / Sonic Vortex