Tomas Lindberg, a name familiar to so many of you. If you enjoy his work you're going to love the next few hundred words on this page, if you are unaware of his work let me take you on a journey to open up a whole new world for you.
Lindberg has been synonymous with Scandanavian extreme metal for years, fronting the legendary At The Gates and then so many other outfits including The Crown, Disfear, Skitsystem and also grindcore supergroup Lock Up. Its safe to say he is a busy man and his music has defined the genre for a generation.
Now in 2017 he is working on a new project, the first album from which is due out on Century Media on August 11th. The group, naming themselves The Lurking Fear, take their name from the the HP Lovecraft novel and in addition to Lindberg incorporate Jonas Stålhammar (God Macabre/The Crown) and Fredrik Wallenberg (Skitsystem), bassist Andreas Axelson (Disfear/Edge of Sanity) and drummer Adrian Erlandsson (At The Gates/The Haunted/Cradle of Filth). That alone is a stellar line up and their combined recording catalogue is monstrous.
Despite this the members are trying to steer clear of the "supergroup" and "side project" labels, they are mere a group of people who have come together to create sweet music. Each member bringing fresh ideas to the table, the album Out Of The Voiceless Grave has grown into the behemoth I have on record in front of me.
Opening with a dark atmospheric introduction; the album builds track by track. Aggressive thrashy riffs lay the foundations for the album which is exactly what you would expect from the guitarists they have on board. Technically excellent work throughout the album kicking off from the brilliant Vortex Spawn and continuing throughout.
Lindberg brings to the table his trademark vocals, and uncompromising style. The ultimate death metal front man helms this ship through these extreme waters, but the album is not defined by that sound. The traditional sounds you’d expect are accompanied by undertones of black metal at times. Whilst I’m not a black metal fan, the sound works extremely well and I find myself appreciating just what this meld of sounds has to offer.
Erlandsson’s drumming work, is as ever, exquisite fast paced with the thunderous cacophony to keep the album on pace and resonating within you as you listen. Teeth of the Dark Plains stands out as an anthem of a track, hints of Maiden filter through the thrash inspired number.
Whilst the album doesn’t bring a new way of thinking to the death metal table, the band demonstrate that they can produce new music just as good as anything else on offer. Out of the Voiceless Grave provides the best new death metal material this year, the hints of black metal encompassed within enhance the overall experience and leave me wanting more. I can only hope live dates will now follow…