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Review: THE TROOPS OF DOOM – THE ABSCENCE OF LIGHT

by Metal Jacket

THE TROOPS OF DOOM – THE ABSCENCE OF LIGHT

1. Introduction – The Absence Of Light
2. Act I – The Devil’s Tail
3. Act II – The Monarch feat. Jeff Becerra (Possessed)
Bonus Tracks:
4. Antichrist (Sepultura)
5. The Devil’s Tail (Demo Version)
6. The Monarch (Demo Version)

The second EP continues where the first EP left off, and the best description would be conceptual. Namely, the whole EP is inspired by the book Levianthan, from the 17th century, by the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes. The album begins with an introductory song, Introduction, which is an orchestral instrumental done by Dave Deville, best known for his fusion of classical music and metal. The next song, Act I – The Devil’s Tail, which I would say is pretty thrash metal style, like early Slayer. But in my opinion, the best thing about the whole album is Act II – The Monarch. As a guest vocalist is Jeff Becerra from Possessed, a pioneers of death metal. Clearly, there is a reworking of Sepultura’s classic, Antichrist, as well as a demo version of previous songs. Although they are demo versions, they do not leave out the intensity of the original at all. Although the entire EP consists of only two songs (if we don’t count the introductory song, the remake of Sepultura and the demo versions), there is more power and energy in them than most of today’s death metal bands would have. Personally, I think this is just a warm – up for their LP, which should come out during 2022.

Bass, vocals – Alex Kafer
Drums – Alexander Oliveria
Guitar – Jairo Guedz, Marcelo Vasco

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