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Meads of Asphodel - In the Name of God, Welcome to Planet Genocide
For metal bands it is always hard to find an original name for the band, mostly the name includes words that refer to Satan, evilness, killing, rotting corpses and so on . It’s funny how some metal bands manage to get an original name, which doesn’t mean they are all good of course. I don’t know what to think of  Meads of Asphodel yet.
What kind of metal is this? I asked myself after listening In the Name of God, Welcome to Planet Genocide. Well, it’s very hard to tell, I hear heavy metal, folk, black, thrash, choirs and electro. A lot of variety as you can read. In their biography it says: “The use of ritual psychoactive mushrooms is employed to take the bands perception of music to a distorted level.” That explains a lot to me.

Let me tell you about the songs. The first song is an intro, there is nothing more to say about that. The first real song has an awesome opener with some nice drumming assisted by a guitar lick and the bass guitar, which I really enjoyed. At the moment the rhythm guitars falls in, the song begins to sound very energetic. Then there is a switch to a folky lick and when the vocals join the song begins to sound like viking metal. The song has some jolly and some strong darker moments that go well together. The next song has less variation and is more an up-tempo aggressive melodic black metal song. 

The next song again is totally different. Take Clanned and some electric guitars and you have this song, but then, after 4 and a halve minutes it changes in a very nice heavy metal song with a very enjoyable guitar solo. The next song is more an intro to the song that follows, a cover of Discharge. That song turns back to the black metal side of this EP again, although this sounds more oldschool, it’s less melodic, and has some influences of Venom, the early Bathory and Celtic Frost.

And then there is that last song. You already noticed quite a few genres are woven into the music, but in the last song the band used all they could think of. Electro, Industrial, medieval parts with bagpipes, drum and bass, jazz and of course some metal. And I really love it, the way how Meads of Asphodel manages to combine all the things to an awesome song. After the song is finished the track continues in silence and after about 25 minutes you will hear a preaching and some gospel.

One thing is for sure, you won’t get bored while listening to this piece of art. Some, like me, will like this EP because of the variety, other will dislike it because of that. You’ll will have to check it out yourself I guess.
Meads of Asphodel - In the Name of God, Welcome to Planet Genocide
85/1001Details Firestorm Records
Released on Thursday Jun 1st, 2006

Writer @Arcane on Sunday Oct 1st, 2006

Tags: #Meads of Asphodel
Tracklisting 1. Psalm 364
2. My Beautiful Genocide
3. A Baptism in the warm piss of slaughtered children.
4. The man who Killed for God
5. March towards Annihilation
6. Hell on earth / Blood runs red [discharge covers]
7. Aborted Stygian Foetus
Line up Metatron: Vocals
James Tait: Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Urakbaramel: Drums, percussion
Alan Davey (Hawkwind): Bass
Mirai Kawashima (Sigh): keyboards on track 5
Lindsey Brackey: backing vocals, rymes and whispers on track 1 and 7
Susan Millar: lead female vocals on track 1,4 and 7
Lesion (Worms of Sabnock): lead guitars on track 6
Stuart (Imperial Leisure) – Trumpet on track 7
Iain Smith – synths and programming on track 1 and 7
Craig Marshall – Lead guitars on track 4