Retrospective: Dead Congregation – “Graves of the Archangels”

Posted in Retrospective, Reviews on October 27th, 2016 by Matthew Lowery

Retrospective sections give me an opportunity to talk about and highlight older albums that I think are worthy of discussion and, usually, praise.

Dead Congregation’s debut full-length album Graves of the Archangels was released back in 2008 in collaboration with Nuclear War Now! Productions. Delivering on the promise of 2005’s universally acclaimed EP Purifying Consecrated Ground, Graves of the Archangels is an absolute triumph of execution over innovation. Vocalist/guitarist A.V. has frequently said that he’s not interested in being technical for the sake of it – he once said he probably couldn’t even cover a Slayer song – the whole point of Dead Congregation is to bring feeling back to death metal. Atmosphere, feel is paramount.

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