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tc019 GHOUL
tc019 (2012) CD - $12.00
Humor-laden, gore-obsessed otherworldly deathgrind thrashers Ghoul are back yet again with 12 more blood-soaked unholy hymns! Perfecting their blend of grindcore, old school thrash, and death metal, the four hood-clad Creepsylvania (read: Oakland, CA) cretins have crafted yet another masterpiece, highly recommended for fans of all that is heavy! Members of Ludicra, Dystopia, Badr Vogu, and a zillion others!

"Ghoul should excite any fan of heavy music. Emerging from Oakland, CA in 2001, Ghoul has taken the metal world by storm with their fierce blend of death, thrash, and grind, but they do it in style. In the world of Ghoul, there are no serious lyrical topics, no taboo subjects; it's all supposed to be taken light-heartedly (it'd be hard to take this seriously when the band members names are Cremator, Digestor, Dissector, and Fermentor). Their music has been called "the soundtrack to a B-Horror movie", and rightfully so. With 12 songs riddled with obscene gore, hangover stories, and um...Killbots, Ghoul hit the nail on the head with "Splatterthrash".
"...If you were to actually approach this album from a technical standpoint, it still wins. Every member is clearly adept at their instruments, most notably Digestor and Dissector on guitar. While most of their riffs are simple, hard-hitting palm mutes (traditional thrash style, if you must), a lot of the time, like on the almost hippie/surf oriented instrumental "Psychoplasm", they'll branch off with creepy variations (almost like music you would hear on Halloween) that are just gleefully evil. Not only that, but both are very ingenious when it comes to soloing, as they fit the mood of each song expertly. Cremator (bass) and Fermentor (drums) also have an exceptionally strong presence. Cremator's bass is strong throughout, even with some fills of his own on "Life of the Living Dead". Fermentor is just the same, delivering pounding pattern after pattern, especially on the title track which really helps the head banging come easier.
"Everything about Ghoul's "Splatterthrash" just screams for a good a time. The riffs, lyrics, and the just the songs themselves overall are worthy of repeated listens. The only thing that might irk a few listeners is the repetitive nature of most of the material. Once you get past that, however, it'll become apparent that Ghoul has successfully created one of the more enjoyable metal albums out there, just because of the laid-back feel of it all."
- Sputnik Music


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