New music for the death metal legions: Leper Colony.
Leper Colony is a new vehicle for Rogga Johansson, best known for … what is he best known for? I mean, after all, he is in a bewildering number of bands. Here is a list of acts he is associated with, according to the Metal Archives: Battle Axis, Bloodgut, Carve, Catacomb, Dead Sun, Disruptor, Down Among the Dead Men, Echelon, Eye of Purgatory, Fondlecorpse, Formaldehydist, Furnace, Gauntlet Rule, Ghoulhouse, God Cries, Grisly, Heir Corpse One, House by the Cemetery, Humanity Delete, Johansson & Speckmann, Lobotomy Dept, Massacre, Megascavenger, Metal Against Coronavirus, Monstrous, Necrogod, Never the Dead, Paganizer, PermaDeath, Pile of Skulls, Putrevore, Reek, Revolting, Ribspreader, Rogga Johansson (solo), Severed Limbs, Stass, Stygian Dark, Svitjod, The Cleaner and Mr. Filth’s Van Murders, The Dead Cold, The Skeletal, Those Who Bring the Torture, To Descend, To the Gallows, Troikadon, and War Magic. Presumably, this is a partial list. I am most familiar with him being in Paganizer. Oh yes, and of course, Leper Colony, a new band that seeks to ensure “that the music has all the undiluted appeal of the classic albums of Death, Massacre, Morgoth and the like.” If experience counts for anything, Leper colony has a leg up. Johansson is joined by Marc Grewe (vocals) and Jon Skäre (drums).
There are nine boisterous tracks on the new record. The egg is cracked with “The Human Paradox,” an up-tempo death-thrasher with an excellent push and angry, gruff vocals. The lead guitar break is hectic and satisfying. So far so good, and, as it turns out, a sign of things to come. “Perdition’s End” keeps the ball rolling and offers an alternate take on the established premise. Like the other tracks on the album, there is a great riff here setting up thoroughly enjoyable metal. I like the speed and agility of the compositions, and the eclectic down- and side-shifts, as on “Tar and Feathers,” especially. “Leper Colony” is perhaps the oddest song in structure, and still it delivers the goods. The is an excellent set.
If you like what you have heard before from these fellows, then chances are you will like Leper Colony as well. I certainly do. It is catchy death metal, solid as granite all the way through. Recommended.
Leper Colony is out on Friday, January 13th through Transcending Obscurity Records.
Transcending Obscurity Records, https://transcendingobscurity.aisamerch.com/
© Wayne Edwards