Puteraeon – The Dunwich Damnation
Label: Growls From The Underground
Leaving out the master of horror, Puteraeon is a band from Sweden, formed more than 10 years ago and they are performing Death Metal. “The Dunwich Damnation” is the new EP that is to be released in about two weeks, and follows a pretty long discography of this band. It seems this pretty experienced quartet from the outskirts of Gothenburg is set to glorify the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Not an uncommon theme among (Death) Metal bands these days. However, not many of them managed to transfer the atmosphere, by which the author is best recognized, onto the record. In my opinion, these Swedes were quite successful in doing just that. I can’t speak about their previous works, as I’m unfamiliar with them, but this one came quite close to what I expect every time I get to hear the musical interpretation of the famed stories of horror and supernatural. As far as I’m concerned, this atmosphere is much more important on these kinds of releases than musical or compositional virtuosity. In this regard, Puteraeon often reminds me of Spanish Graveyard. Good job on that one!Welcome to Dunwich, Massachusetts, Lovecraft’s own Hicksville! Please allow me to introduce you to a couple of residents who call themselves Puteraeon, and sing about some weird tales that happened out there over a century ago.
Speaking of strictly musical side of this EP, you can easily guess what kind of Death Metal can be expected from a Swedish band. Connotations with the legends of this country’s scene cannot be avoided, but it is important to highlight that this is absolutely old school Svensk Dodsmetall! Grave, Entombed, Dismember and the likes are obvious influences. At the same time, Puteraeon manages not to sound like a soulless clone, but adds a bit of their own flavor to the mix. With that being said, you can expect well done Swedish Death Metal that might not be the one for “the textbooks”, but it is definitely not just another attempt to “kick start a dead battery”.
Another nice one from Sweden. Nothing more to say, the fans of the genre will surely be delighted. The others probably won’t be bought with these 18 minutes of music. Definite invitation to try it out goes to the many Lovecraft fans. This EP might come as a fine background for reading some of his tales. “The Dunwich Horror” for instance.