Album Title: Salute to the Iron Emperors
Label: Van Records
This is the second full-length album from Truppensturm, a German band playing war metal.
The production on this album is ridiculously thick and heavy: the bass and drums are way in the bottom register, the guitars are down-tuned to hell, and even the vocals are a belch that barely breaks the surface. The whole album is practically a single wall of low-end, making this the heaviest production I've heard since Doom Cult.
Salute to the Iron Emperors is so monolithic and crushing that it takes a few listens to fully sink down to riff-level. That makes it a more challenging album than "Fields of Devastation"... but it's also that much more effective when it does sink in, because this record is chock full of headbang-inducing Blasphemy-style riffs and relentless drum lines. The overall effect is a lot like being run over a steamroller for half an hour, though the band throws in a few samples, spoken-word sections, and slower parts to break the mood now and again. This record may be unrelenting, but nothing about it is unconsidered, and there's not an ounce of filler to be heard here; even the intro and outro are classic. Truppensturm's use of vocal timing is also extremely effective -- tracks like "Hostile" and "Necroeucharist" owe a lot to the interplay between the guitars and vocals. "Uraniumachine" deserves special mention, also, for being the single most unhinged track on a record full of 'em. The solo on this one is killer... hard to believe this track is less than two minutes long!
Anyone who likes ultra-heavy, riff-based war metal should seek this out. Fans of Diocletian and Proclamation will be especially pleased with this. Highly recommended.
Standout Tracks: "Amongst 10,000", "Hostile", "Triumphal Arch of the Dead", "Uraniumachine"