"Summon The Faithless"

By Dr. Abner Mality

Based on their cover art, bursting with skulls, winged monsters and mystic symbolism, you'd think Lord Dying are one of the heaviest, scariest bands on Earth. They're not. What we've got here is another band whose influences start with High On Fire and end with Mastodon. Yep, another one.

This kind of sludgy metal is coming out of the woodwork so fast, an exterminator couldn't keep up with it. What metalcore was 10 years ago, that's what this kind of music is now. Does that make Lord Dying a bad band? Not particularly, but it damns them with the curse of being another wolf in a mighty big pack. I can't detect much on "Summon The Faithless" that hasn't been done before. The tunes are mostly chugging in tempo and almost never blast at high velocity. That swampy southern edge is bubbling beneath the surface of most tracks, but isn't as blatant as many other bands, for which I thank them.  The title of opening cut "In A Frightful State of Gnawed Dismemberment" again suggests death metal sickness which never comes, but it's still one of the better songs and delivers a good pounding. Of the other songs, the only one that really stood out for me was "Perverse Osmosis", just as much for its clever title as its nasty riffing.

This is one of those records not bad enough to slam, not good enough to praise. There is little more to be said about it.