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Deathsteps to Oblivion (Death Metal​/​Sludge)

by THE DEAD (Australia)

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The Dead return with a doom/sludge-oriented death metal album that will shatter notions about the genre. Transcending multiple avatars, The Dead shape-shift their way across epic songs that are as crushing as they are memorable. Leads light up 'Deathsteps to Oblivion' through the quagmire of darkness, death and doom. This is bound to be a landmark album across many genres for the originality and the boldness it offers. The riffs remain as haunting as ever, surpassing the highly acclaimed previous album 'Ritual Executions' which is now completely sold out. The Dead unleash their masterpiece.

Line up -
Adam Keleher - Guitars/Bass and Percussion
Chris Morse - Drums
Micheal Yee - Vocals

Artwork - Michael Yee
Layout - Kunal Choksi (Transcending Obscurity)

Album of the year lists -

#1 album - "In a time where most bands are just carbon copies of everything ells these guys makes sludgy death metal that is actually interesting. And with a lot of personality." - The Gardnerz (Sweden)

"Even more atmospheric that Ritual Executions" - Last Rites (US)

"This is death-sludge, think Ramesses meets Asphyx. The music here is primitive, unapologetically basic, really well-written and hard-hitting, apparently that’s all it takes to make an excellent album. Who knew?" - The Slumbering Ent (India)

Some reviews -

"a fascinatingly bold and unusual approach to Metal" - Metaltalk (UK) 5/5

"Deathsteps To Oblivion is one of the most apocalyptically crushing albums I’ve heard all year, and also one of the most exotic." - No Clean Singing (US)

"the most essential must investigate release of the year." - Ringmaster Reviews (UK)

"there is no one who can resist this" - Concrete Web (Belgium) 88/100

"one of the best albums of 2014" - The Slumbering Ent 4.5/5

"This is definitely a masterpiece" - Metalhead Spotted

"This is definitely one of the essential doom albums of the year" - Metal Gallows 95%

"Clear, concise, absolute devastation" - Metal Forge (Australia) 9/10

"I’ll take the raw, organic feel of Deathsteps to Oblivion any day over the slick, over-produced version of death metal." - Metal Observer 8.5/10

"“Deathsteps to Oblivion” is an album that is dark and haunting, and gets more melancholic with every spin!" - Metal Melancholy 9/10

“Deathsteps to Oblivion” is definitely an album that is pushing boundaries" - Metal Temple (Greece)

"This is a terrifyingly unique blend of Death and Sludge Metal that should be on any Heavy music fan’s to-get list." - Wonderbox Metal (UK)

"this is the most exotic sounding album I've heard all year. " - Audiocancer

"'Deathsteps To Oblivion' is an album that offers the beauty of expression without thinking of tradition of majority" - Metal Bleeding Corp (Indonesia)

"A very surprising album, goes beyond what you normally expect and throws in the odd moment of weirdness just to keep you on your toes." Stu's Reviews (UK) 9/10

"this is another great sounding recording from The Dead" - Dark Underground Music Zine (US) 8/10

"The record sounds from top to end like a dead rotting corpse being dragged along, you can literally feel the stench of it, it has a dark atmosphere." - Hell is Open (Germany) 8/10

"The bass is actually moving, playing around in its own shapes. And I think this creates a very dynamic sound for an otherwise primitive album." - Heavy Hard Metal Mania (Sweden)

"come straight out of the gait and tear your head off, not with speed or technicality, but primitive power." - Two Guys Metal Reviews (France)

"This is death/doom in the truest sense of the word" - Wormwood Chronicles (US)

Metal Underground (Austria) 5/5

Xtreem Music (Spain) 9/10

Metal Rulez (Poland) 9/10

Iye Zine (Italy) 8/10

Twilight Magazine (Germany) 11/15

Mundo Rock & Heavy (Spain) 9/10


released November 15, 2014

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