God Dethroned - The World Ablaze album review
Career peak from the Dutch melodeath warlords
Effectively a comeback album, following its creators’ demise in 2012 and re-emergence in 2014, The World Ablaze offers a bleak worldview that could hardly be timelier. Extreme metal has always had a ferocious obsession with war and while God Dethroned may not seem like the band most likely to give those well-worn themes an upgrade, this cohesive body of work may cause a few bands to pause for thought before embarking on another trip back to the trenches. Respected more than revered, GD have made some decent records in the past, but_…_ Ablaze obliterates the lot. From the lavish harmonies of A Call To Arms and the pulverising, strafe-attack of Annihilation Crusade to On The Wrong Side Of The Wire’s morbid mid-tempo mulch and epic closer The 11th Hour’s shades of ornate funeral doom, it’s hard to find a moment that doesn’t sound like some grand, definitive statement on the power of bludgeoning but melodic extremity, replete with harrowing tales from the battlefield.