Gruesome - Twisted Prayers

June 8, 2018 - Reading time: 3 minutes

The album from the death metal band Gruesome was released officially on 06-02-2018. It is entitled “Twisted Prayers” courtesy of Relapse Records.





Tracklist:

- 1.Inhumane
- 2.A Waste of Life
- 3.Fate
- 4.Lethal Legacy
- 5.Fatal Illusions05:23
- 6.Crusade of Brutality
- 7.At Death's Door
- 8.Twisted Prayers
- 9.The Exorcist (Possessed Cover)

Excerpt rom the relapse.com site:

Less than four short years into their career, Death Metal Defenders of the Old GRUESOME (featuring current and former members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, etc.) have quickly made a name for themselves as not just torchbearers of DEATH’s eternal legacy but as one of the most heralded bands in the scene today. After releasing a pair of acclaimed EPs, GRUESOME return with their second full-length sermon, Twisted Prayers. Twisted Prayers follows DEATH’s paradigm shift during the Spiritual Healing era, incorporating more cerebral, melodic instrumentation with elements of thrash and thought-provoking, socially conscious lyrics.

Recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Exhumed, 1349, Goatwhore) at New Constellation Studios in Orlando, FL, Twisted Prayers features GRUESOME doing what they do best across eight songs and 40+ minutes of unholy hymns with lurid melodies and vulgar atmospheres. The band has once again teamed up with the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Massacre) for the album’s blasphemous cover art in addition to legendary DEATH guitarist James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Testament) for a pair of special guest guitar solos. Bow your heads and worship at the altar of GRUESOME!

My take on this album:

Whether you are a Death fan, or a fan of old school style death metal, then this cd is for you. The musical style is very reminiscent of the older releases from Death (1987's Scream Bloody Gore to 1990's Spiritual Healing). I have read some reviews prior to the release by way of youtube and word of mouth that this band sounds like they are copying older Death. I have to disagree. However, I do hear some similarity between Gruesome and Death, but I do not think that they copying Death at all, merely paying homage to Death.

I ordered my copy the day it was released and it arrived the following saturday (06-09-2018). After a trip to the mailbox, I quickly put this cd in and listened to it. I actually enjoyed it, despite the somewhat mixed reviews. The album features nine songs, the ninth song being a cover of old school legends Possessed and their song "The Exorcist".