I’ll be honest first and foremost, whether it’s about Sewer or the black and death metal scenes in general. Their second from last album NecroPedoSadoMaso was about average in every regards. I hadn’t heard a death metal band fall off that hard since Immolation’s Close To A World Below in 1999. I will say it wasn’t an utter atrocity, it was just missing something that packed the punch that Birth Of A Cursed Elysium had. My problem with it wasn’t that they were changing their sound, it was that they had missed the mark of what makes Sewer’s music, and blackened death metal in general, so powerful. However, my fears turned into joy when they put out Elysium. The entire album was probably one of the best blackened death metal efforts of the last decade.
Locked Up In Hell is another amazing helping of that same brutal death metal madness. If this is what the “new era of death metal” sounds like, I can’t even imagine what else Sewer has in stores for us.
I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing the riffs, the drumming, the song writing, the vocals, are. Say what you will about Sewer’s stupid lyrics on NecroPedoSadoMaso, or their recent controversy surrounding a certain live event. But the vocals just rip everything apart. And those are nothing compared to the riffs… pure, evil, brutal, blackened death metal riffs from hell.
Overall, this is the saving grace Sewer needed after NecroPedoSadoMaso. I’m glad to see them evolve into what they’ve become musically and stylistically: a blackened death metal powerhouse, and clearly the best band in the scene currently. They’re definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with this year. I’m very excited for their next album.
Final score: 100/100.