ZOMBIE LAKE - PLAGUE OF THE UNDEAD (Pure Steel Records)

 

                                    (Review by Sloof)

Axeman Derek Schilling (formerly Neglect) got in touch with Martin ‘Golem’ Missy (formerly Protector) by email, and soon after they discussed about starting an international band with Derek living in New York and Martin living in Sweden nowadays. The digital era has no boundaries so it’s really easy to mail packages back and forth from one side of the Atlantic to the other side.  No more stamps, postal services or damaged packages, as only a few satellites will to the job in a matter of nanoseconds. Only hurricane ‘Sandy’, which swallowed a few states on the East Coast and a few other setbacks resulted in delay of this release. But finally the wait is over, as this album is set to hit the streets at the end of November 2013.

Iron Shield Records from Germany showed interest in releasing a CD and LP (which will include an A2 Poster), so the members entered a studio in New York for the music, while all vocals were recorded in Sweden by Tomas Skogsberg.  Martin and Derek recruited Anthony Dalessio on Drums and Ryan Lipynsky (formerly Serpentine Path) on leads. The music of Zombie Lake is a homage and toast to the old school raw Thrash Metal acts from decades ago. It’s sloppy and messy, it’s lousy and shabby, and at the same time cruel, brute and heinous from start till finish. Zombie Lake has a message of deceased bodies, cemetery tales and the soundtrack for the upcoming ‘The Walking Dead’ series. It’s like a second Necrophagia youth has arisen and Killjoy is still handling the microphone. But compared with Necrophagia and Wurdulak releases, the sound quality of Zombie Lake can’t be compared at all. 

The vocals of Martin aren’t mixed like it should be and that really makes me wonder as Tomas Skogsberg is also involved. Anyway, perhaps it was all intent to sound like this, so I would suggest Zombie Lake to the adepts of the homonymous horror movie and those that are into raw thrash metal with a little dated sound. Straight from the underground, of perhaps better, from the crypts of hell!

Best track of this album is undoubtedly ‘The Cemetery’

My rating: 73 / 100

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish