Imperishable – Come, Sweet Death

8/10

Come, Sweet Death is the debut album of Gothenburg-based death metal group Imperishable. Soundwise, I can’t really describe it as Gothenburg or Stockholm sounding death metal, as elements from both genres are seamlessly combined. Listening to the album will undoubtedly make you think about Left Hand Path, Slaugther of the Soul and Like an Everflowing Stream, and that has to be a good thing!

The songs are driven by strong guitar melodies – brutal riffs are contrasted by intricate, intelligent melodies that really elevate the songs. There is a high attention to detail in every aspect of the production, where every instrument is distinguishable and sounds great. More than once I’ve found myself happily listening specifically to the bass or drum work for a long time.

Writing this review, it’s hard not to draw comparisons with a lot of different Swedish death metal bands but I really don’t want to portray Imperishable as a nostalgia act simply mimicking others. They don’t simply lean on earlier works in the genre, they actually showcase a distinct identity of their own and feel like a breath of fresh (or putrid, perhaps?) air. For a new band in a crowded genre, that’s an impressive feat.

I have a rather hard time picking out any favorites here. Sure, I love the Iron Maiden-esque feeling I get from Venomous and Teeth of the Hydra, and the album-closing title track is an epically brutal climax – but on the other hand I think the album is best enjoyed in its entirety. 37 minutes pass by fast enough for you to spin the album a couple more times in an evening, and you’ll have a fantastic time doing so. For any fan of death metal in general – and Swedish death metal in particular – Come, Sweet Death is a must. Plenty more to come, I hope.

Artist: Imperishable
Title: Come, Sweet Death
Rating: 8/10
Label: Hammerheart Records
Release date: 9/6-2023
Standout tracks: Teeth of the Hydra & Come, Sweet Death

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Imperishable – Come, Sweet Death

June 24, 2023

37 minutes pass by fast enough for you to spin the album a couple more times in an evening, and you'll have a fantastic time doing so. For any fan of death metal in general - and Swedish death metal in particular - Come, Sweet Death is a must.

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