BOOK OF BLACK EARTH
THE COLD TESTAMENT
Book of Black Earth is a Seattle-based metal quartet whose latest eight-track offering heavily borrows from the tried and true Swedish melodic death metal sound on the unitís third album THE COLD TESTAMENT. While the group also implements elements of Motorhead by way of Entombed inflections of punk as well as demonstrates a decisively blackened disposition, many of the sharpened riffs and rumbling rhythmic patterns as well as the productionís overall feeling of rawness are cut and pasted from the early days of the Swedish metal movement almost to a fault, resulting in the albumís derivative feel. Nonetheless, Book of Black Earth execute their homage with a venomous vigor, complete with engaging vocals that contain the winning balance of dread and melody, warranting a few choice spins when the urge to destroy comes around.