“When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth”. Kadavermarch strides in from Denmark with cries of determination blasting through the air, reverberating off the mountain rock passes creating avalanches of sound.
Last Mile Records are proud to present its debut album, “Into Oblivion”, which hits the vinyl and digital shelves on 6 May 2022. The album was mixed by Jacob Bredahl (Livløs, Hatesphere, Panzerchrist).
Sashaying in on beasts out of the hell we have Aske Kristiansen (drums, vocals), Jeppe (keys), Rune Jakobsen (bass), Ken Holst (lead guitar), Jeppe Greve (organ), and Andreas Benthien (guitar, vocals). They come from a legion of Danish underground bands like Illdisposed, Crocell, Czar, Helhorse, Tudsegammelt, and Total Heels.
As the album cover suggests, this music will envelop you, twist you and then emanate from you as a changed individual. I imagine the cover was designed with a retro feel and an homage to the bands of old that inspired them. The pastel colors are faded and the bright green contradicts the whole scheme, but it works quite well.
The music reeks of bold, melodic stoner rock with those powerful pulsating riffs that could shatter a stein glass from across the room. The music has a solid groove to it that you can get into and just foot tap your way through it all. There is nothing flashy about the music, just stable solid riffs with crunching tones. A few solos abound on the desolate plains. Most genres of stoner rock get tagged along in this album so that you have psychedelic rock, stoner rock style, and heavy metal.
Interwoven within the chainmail of music we have vocals with their dulcet tones revved up in places that act like clouds on sunset giving the whole scene an extra dimension and texture.
“Hollow souls” opens with a slower pace melodic intro that is captivating to listen to with its raw rhythmic sounds as the, at times dual vocals, tell the story with harmonic grace.
The first single they brought out, “1000 yard stare”, introduced them as the band with a solid base and eager attitude to get you hooked on the music. This was followed up with the next single, “The Eschaton” which continued the trend with their groove-ridden riffs.
“Reefer Madness” has a change of pace that adds to the madness. Along with the narcotic theme “Abyss” also starts out with a trippy verbal intro. It lures you in every time as the guy tells this odd story that blows the mind.
An eschaton is a “day at the end of time following Armageddon when God will decree the fates of all individual humans according to the good and evil of their earthly lives”. The only thing fate I know for sure is that I will replay the album again. This album has a solid vibe about it thanks to the immediate familiarity you have with the music while then being able to explore the extra parts it hides. So ride with the undead army slinging those guitars and rise up Into Oblivion.
- 1000 Yard Stare
- The Eschaton
- Flowering Death
- Into Oblivion
- Hollow Souls
- Reefer Madness
- Beyond The End
Release Year: 2022
Label: Last Mile Records
Reviewed by Byron Lotz