Nuclear Blast Records, 1999

REVIEW BY: Christopher Thelen


Anyone who's read this site for some time knows my feelings on death metal. For the most part, I like it (even if I don't always agree with some of the messages in the lyrics), but I've felt of late that the whole genre has been stagnating.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Boy, now I wish I had listened to Resurrection from Sweden's own Godgory three years ago, when this disc came out. It might just have made me born again in my belief in the creativeness of death metal.

On the surface, you could be forgiven if you weren't immediately struck with awe. When you find out the band consists of two core members - vocalist Matte Andersson and drummer Erik Andersson - and session musicians, it's easy to assume that there won't be much substance to this music.

Ah, but then Godgory gets things moving with - acoustic guitars? Whispered, somewhat intelligible vocals? Using lightning-fast speed only on occasion? This is death metal? Damn right it is, and it's impressive, too.

If Godgory do one thing right, it's that they take the focus away from either the music or the lyrics, and focus on the entire mood of a song. It might sound far-fetched, but listen to tracks like "Adultery," "Collector Of Tears" or the title track, and you'll discover that Godgory knows exactly what they're doing. More importantly, they do it well - so well, in fact, that you don't have to strictly focus in on the music or the lyrics, and you easily find yourself caught up in the whole song. (By the way, the use of acoustic guitars is well-balanced, and even adds a further sense of doom at times.)

One can't even fault their cover of Accept's "Princess Of The Dawn," truly making this one their own by adding these same touches musically. All around, this is a very solid effort from Godgory, and Resurrection deserves to be discovered and revered, even if I'm doing so three years late.

Rating: A-

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