Here’s a reprint of my review of the new Lay Down Rotten record that ran in Metal Hammer a few issues ago.
LAY DOWN ROTTEN
MASK OF MALICE
METAL BLADE RECORDS
Starting with a short spoken word piece in a confessional booth (Deathchain), German death metallers Lay Down Rotten wisely choose to waste little time unleashing all kinds of hell for their eighth and arguably darkest studio album to date Mask Of Malice. Their third offering for Metal Blade Records, the ten track slab of wax signals something of a rebirth for the band and new recruit guitarist/ songwriter Daniel “Kensington” Seifert in particular does a superb job filling the void left by departed founding member Daniel Jakobi. A record that sees the five-piece continuing their steady march to the forefront of the German death scene, Mask Of Malice is a thrillingly blood-thirsty mix of berserker riffs and ear-battering barrages. Nightfall and …And Out Come The Wolves are monstrous tracks that specialise in decapitation by guitar and are definite highlights, while the harmonic interplay between Kensingston and fellow fret-botherer Nils Forster on Hades Resurrected proves that there’s more to the band than their admittedly impressive brand of sonic thuggery.