By Stefan Nilsson, Roppongi Rocks
Sweden’s Death Reich gives us old-school meat-and-potatoes death metal with plenty of aggression and energy.
Death Reich is a death metal band from Uddevalla, Sweden. On the “Death Camp” EP, the band’s first official release, we get two very good original songs, the title track “Death Camp” and “Hunger”. We also get the Metallica cover “Fight Fire with Fire”. Turning Metallica’s thrash metal into death metal works fine (the Swedish lads manage to put their own spin on it), but, personally, I much prefer Death Reich’s own songs, especially the splendid “Hunger”. Death Reich plays fast, furious and uncompromising death metal. It’s old-school meat-and-potatoes death metal with plenty of aggression and energy. There’s nothing polished or modern about this stenchy music. It has a terrific underground feel to it which brings me back to the late 1980s and early 90s when Sweden had a terrific local death metal scene. Death Reich consists of Jonas Blom (drums), Johnny Lehto (vocals), Christer Bergqvist (guitar), Robert Babic (guitar) and Robert Axelsson (bass). These five bearded men are part of what seems like a very promising emerging wave of newer Swedish bands playing old-school death metal. There is hope for a bleak, stenchy and aggressive future!
Death Reich’s EP “Death Camp” will be released via Non Serviam Records on 16th July.