While death metal is neither my favorite form of heavy metal nor top on Dangerdog's music review criteria, giving a nod to Finland's Mesetiah is worth the time. Why? Because, on their premier disc The Purpose of Our Existence, Mesetiah gets it right. Fundamentally, death metal is based upon solid, and classic, early to mid 1980s thrash metal. Mesetiah nails this basic proposition with some direct and entertaining metal as on Victims of the Sick-Minded, Life Means Nothing, and Whiskey for the Pain. Additionally, as with any true death metal, Mesetiah's lyrical content is grimly nihilistic with a good dose of self and God loathing attitude. Yet, the signature feature of death metal, of course, is the vocal style (which is why we take a pass on it most times). Marco Rintala is generally dead on throughout The Purpose of Our Existence, although I almost caught him singing on the title track. However, there's still something missing here. Death metal vocals should be "demon from the pit-o-hell" scary. Marco's vocals are not. He sounds more like a bullfrog puking up a belly full of dead flies. Then again, for me, most death metal vocals simply make me laugh. In the end, the real deal with Mesetiah's The Purpose of Our Existence is their fundamentally sound headbanging thrash metal. Passing on the death vocals, this is classic thrash metal done well.
The real deal with Mesetiah's The Purpose of Our Existenceis their fundamentally sound headbanging thrash metal. Passing on the death vocals, this is classic thrash metal done well.
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