MAUSOLEUM - From the hills of Pennsylvania the dead rise to walk the earth once more. This group was formed to create horrific tales of zombie cult death metal! Pounding funeral doom riffing entwined with laden swells of mournful melodies and fast sonic blasts. MAUSOLEUM is the return of ZOMBIE CULT DEATH METAL!!
MAUSOLEUM/Back From The Funeral (Razorback Records) Just punishing death and doom metal that will dull your senses. Riffs so heavy that are like a ton of lead being lifted and hey real death metal vocals sung with hate and fury. Production is awesome and the thick, heavy, low tuned guitar sound is mint. Tune after punishing tune of deep dark death metal with doom mixed in makes quite a treat for a fan of real underground metal. Buy it and see.!
Chris Forbes - MetalCore Fanzine http://www.metalcorefanzine.com/
8 years ago, former INCANTATION members Rob Yench (bassist on THE INFERNAL STORM) and Rick Boast (live drummer during the band’s 1999 Diabolical Extermination tour, in support of DIABOLICAL CONQUEST) joined forces with Rick’s NECROTOMIE bandmates Phil Newbaker and Adam Kegg (guitars) and released CADAVERIC DISPLAYS OF GHOULISH GHASTLINESS under the monicker MAUSOLEUM. The release was a pummeling slab of old school death doom that combined elements of INCANTATION and AUTOPSY, and was one of my favorite albums of 2003, despite the production that made the album sound like it was recorded in a giant cave with poor acoustics.
In 2004, the band began work on their follow-up full length offering, BACK FROM THE FUNERAL. In October of 2007, it was announced the album was completed and set for an early 2008 release, though that never came to pass. Not long after the band, minus Adam Kegg and with new guitarist Craig Stiles (formerly of early 90s Pennsylvania death metal act GEHENNA) taking his place, rewrote the album and finally recorded it. Unfortunately, before it’s planned release, guitarist Phil Newbaker passed away, which put the band into a two year hiatus, before reforming and finally issuing the album in on October 25th, 2011.
BACK FROM THE FUNERAL sees MAUSOLEUM pick up where they left off on CADAVERIC DISPLAYS OF GHOULISH GHASTLINESS, unleashing nine tracks of old school death metal, with an equally shitty production. BACK FROM THE FUNERAL features a rich groovin’ old school vibe throughout and sounds like a slower paced BOLT THROWER dripping with doom-style INCANTATION darkness, and laced with rich, blazing SCREAM BLOODY GORE & LEPROSY-era DEATH and SEVERED SURVIVAL & MENTAL FUNERAL-era AUTOPSY inspired riffs and solos, with a hint of THE RACK & LAST ONE ON EARTH-flavored ASPHYX sprinkled throughout.
The songwriting is excellent, and each of the nine tracks has it’s own unique sound, though mostly played using the same time signature throughout. Though the songs often plod along at a snail’s pace, the guitar playing is greatly varied and features a number of sick solos and arpeggio leads. Bassist Rob Yench won’t be confused with Steve DiGiorgio on this release, but he certainly doesn’t embarrass himself either, laying down some thick rumbling bass lines.
Rick Boast’s drumming is solid, though the drum sound is pretty shitty. There’s a distracting clicking to the double bass drums, and the bass drums sound like they’re muffled with pillows, and the cymbals sound distant in the mix. That said, Rick’s vocal performance is a highlight on the album, and he belts out growls and wails in the style of Martin van Drunen, Karl Willetts and Chris Reifert.
The cover artwork of Daniel Devilish is fucking awesome, and features a monstrous face behind a tree with a dark blue moon hovering overhead, and really plays into the album’s zombie theme. The only knock against it would be the placement, and color, of the logo and font which both look like an amateurish afterthought. Regardless, the art still looks fucking killer, and that’s all that matters.
Despite a lack of originality, in terms of song structure and overall sound, BACK FROM THE FUNERAL is another solid slab of old school death metal, sure to please fans of CADAVERIC DISPLAYS OF GHOULISH GHASTLINESS, and of Razorback Records’ death metal output. The production is a turnoff, since it’s fairly muffled and muddied, and though it sounds like a demo tape from the early 90s, it would sound a lot better as a polished album from 2011. That said, the music is catchy, memorable and familiar, and will appeal to all fans of early 90s demo-era death metal, and is a powerful sendoff for Phil, who will undoubtedly return someday hungry for your brains… brains… BRAAAAAAIIIIINNNNSSSSSSS!!!!