Lay Down RottenDeathspell Catharsis

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★★☆☆ There’s some decent shredding going on here, but there’s also an embarrassing datedness to the album, from its lyrics and Eastern-bloc vocals, to its lazy thrashy meanderings. And then there are the drums. The drums are often really shockingly sloppy in passages on virtually every track on the album (especially the double-pedal work). And once you hear it, you can’t unhear it. Worse, you can’t hear anything else while the car wreck is in progress.