In Germany, guys of Mandatory, Destroyer and Iron Kobra joined forces for some Old School Death Metal under the banner of R.I.P.. At first this EP was self-released on digital platforms like Bandcamp as a self-titled one, but Brutal Cave Productions and Life After Death renamed it as “As Good As Dead” for their CD and cassette releases.
It all starts with a nice UK influenced Doomy part which develops into a groovy mid-tempo Death Metal stampede which is the main course for this EP. Obituary, and therefore Celtic Frost riffs, is the connection you’re looking for, along with Autopsy, Morgoth and early Jungle Rot. The outcome is an overall mid-tempo groovy Death Metal EP with occasional slower passages and sick vocals.
And certainly a nice one! (Ricardo)