As a general rule, the UK’s contribution to death metal is routinely glossed over in favour of the output of our American cousins (who’s contribution, to be fair, was revolutionary) but to overlook the UK’s considerable input would be foolish….at worst, bloody sacrilege! So, Worship Metal has cast its eye back to a time when old-school UK death metal was producing some truly outstanding releases and selected 6 under-appreciated classics of UK death metal!
No Bolt Thrower, no Carcass, no Napalm Death, no Benediction…just 6 under-appreciated classics of UK death metal plucked from the annals of time!
Desecrator – Subconscious Release (1991)
Dan Seagrave cover art, a raw and aggressive sound, technicality matched by brutality; Desecrator’s Subconscious Release should have been huge! Instead, this cult item is merely a footnote in death metal history but it deserves to be held in considerable high regard for delivering a focused lesson in classic death metal violence.
Following a similar path travelled by Death (Leprosy-era) and Sweden’s Dismember, Desecrator’s groove heavy onslaught revelled in muscular, lengthy and, above all, catchy songwriting.
While a slight sense of repetition sneaks in when absorbing Subconscious Release in its entirety, the same accusation can be made of many a death metal album that bludgeoned the listener with ostensibly the same sound – Deicide being one of them – and nobody gave two shits!
Desecrator’s one and only album should have been enough to endear them to the masses as it’s an outstanding moment of UK death metal mastery; backed by a collection of expertly delivered death metal songs.
Haven’t heard it? Go discover!