The Battles of Horus and Edfu by Wounded Not DeadRelease date: December 28, 2017
Some bands and albums are difficult to classify in terms of genre and styles. This is not a problem with British metallers Wounded Not Dead. They classify themselves as progressive death metal and this is exactly what they are, straight down the line prog-death with no messing around. That’s not to say that this album lacks innovation though, Wounded Not Dead may identify well with their chosen genre, but within these walls they are undoubtedly king. Their self-released debut album The Battles of Horus and Edfu (TBoHaE) is almost exploding with the forces of creativity and awesomeness with which it is injected.
Listening to this album I am made painfully aware of my own musical ineptitude at being able to properly follow the full majesty of what I am hearing. Overall this becomes a positive thing, making TBoHaE a hugely rewarding album, since each time I re-visit it I find something new.
The majority of this album is fast-paced and brimming with energy, with some atmosphere building slow sections in there too. At the heart of everything the drums simply do not stop or slow. It was a drummer friend of mine that introduced me to Wounded not Dean and it’s clear why. Drummer Adriano must have calves of steel to keep this up, and it’s not just the speed, there’s tricksy stuff happening all over the place which I won’t even pretend to know how to properly describe. The bass sits nice and high in the mix, easily discernible and a major player in this record. The guitar work finishes things off and as with everything else the playing is phenomenal, always evolving and changing, it demands your full attention if you want to stand a chance of following what is actually happening.
I cannot recommend this record highly enough and I would rate it up there with the most acclaimed prog-death albums. Wounded not Dead are a force to be reckoned with and I would conjecture that they will not remain unsigned for long.