Death Sound - A Story of My Western Borneo

Indonesia (Western Borneo) from where this band is from and the surrounding countries harbour a passion for their extreme death metal. This debut release from last year is no different, killing the audience with brutality, tech death riffing and a guttural vocal delivery, Death Squad certainly have all the elements. The production is rather muddy, and you can here some timing issues and missed notes during some of the tracks, perhaps another victim of too little studio time verses affordability. The groove of the Old death scene happily mixes with some frantic blasting and death/grind in my mind to that of Jaka’s (Japanische Kampfhörspiele) latest output. The vocal death growls are cool, the cookie monster pig squeals, burps and wheezes are not, but that’s just my personal preference.

‘Fuckin’ Terrorist’, ‘A Story of Western Borneo’ (with its sweet intro!) and ‘Concerned of Human Being’ stand out from the rest of the songs on offer. These are the ones that I would say have all the influences mixed up and revved up with a touch of momentum for all you adrenaline junkies, especially the riff at about the 3 minute mark of the latter mentioned track. The guitars are really compressed to oblivion, leading to a staccato sound, almost a stop start attribute, and it does appear that some of these tunes were recorded at different periods and maybe even different studios, there appears to be different volume levels and light and shade in the mix, but then the guitar riffs do try to squash these underlying niggles to a certain extent.

I would not expect perfection from this effort, but Death Sound has a voice to be heard in this over saturated sub-genre. This is a decent effort, but it is nothing that stands out individually compared to the monolith of similar sounding bands around the globe.

  1. Intro/Hakikat Hidcup Dan Mati
  2. Fuckin’ Terrorist
  3. Death Sound
  4. A Choice To Kill
  5. A Story Of My Western Borneo
  6. Tanyaku Tentang Tuhan
  7. Concerned Of Human Being
  8. My Premature Lovely
  9. Surrounded By idiot
  10. My Premature Lovely (Demo Version)

Reviewer: twansibon
Apr 14, 2011
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