Review: Panzerchrist – The 7th Offensive

Rated:

4/5

This Danish squad has been crafting war-themed platters of blackened death metal since 1993. Here they go again, with guitar histrionics all over the place (the opening title track is the “Holy Wars” of bestial metal), the songs killer even when they’re near-not-songs (the 1:42 “Dogger Dead,” the totally disturbing 1:57 closer “Pig Parade”), the melodies sounding not weak but haunting and militant (see killer second-half starter “Mass Attack of the Lychantrope Legion”). And when it’s bass-heavy, old-school death metal with blinders on, as it is on “Drone Killing,” they give fellow soldiers Bolt Thrower reason to eye the trenches with trepidation. GREG PRATT