Thomas Nyholm and his Damnation Army are here again with the fifth album in the discography after a 10-year hiatus. What I remember of Damnation Army is the “The Art of the Occult” album, which was released back in 2004. That album was fierce mostly up tempo and slightly bleak Black Metal, which has more to do with Immortal combined with Darkthrone than the style you will hear on “Death Macabre”. Even when you compare it with “Cirlce of The Brave”, the predecessor of this album, you will hear a different Damnation Army, which sounds more mid-tempo Melodic Death Metal, especially when you hear “I”, which is almost a tribute to Dissection’s “Maha Kali”.
With “Death Macabre” Nyholm doesn’t went back to his roots and creating Black Metal again, but takes the Melodic (Blackened) Death Metal up a notch and a bit faster. From the beginning of opening track “Skullthrone” ‘till the last track “Shadowed” you will hear influences of Dissection’s “The Somberlain” and Unanimated “In the Forest of the Dreaming Dead” as well as Gates of Ishtar. Listen to “Ancient Evil Rituals” and I bet every single one of you will agree with me, still not every song is interesting from the beginning ‘till the end. For example “Forlorn Silence”, “Enter the Blood Massacre” and “Death Macabre part II” are having mid-tempo parts that are not really fitting in…maybe too many musical ideas in one song? Still, the surprise prevails and if this would be an EP it would be a killer one. (Ricardo)