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3.45 | 7 ratings | 1 review
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Album · 1994

Filed under Death 'n' Roll


1. Low (5:01)
2. Erase (5:51)
3. I Walk My Way (4:35)
4. Fear (4:34)
5. Seeds of Hate (5:02)
6. Peace of Paper (4:37)
7. Goddess in Black (6:17)
8. To Hell and Back (6:23)

Total Time: 42:21


- Jan-Chris De Koeijer / vocals and bass
- Frank Harthoorn / rhythm guitar
- Boudewijn Bonebakker / lead and rhythm guitar
- Ed Warby / drums

About this release

Nuclear Blast Records
July 1994
Bonus tracks on some versions:
9. Raven (3:07)
10. Horrors in a Retarded Mind '94 (3:54)

Recorded amd mixed at T & T Studio, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, January 31st - March 6th 1994.
Engineered by Pete "Peewee" Coleman
Drums recorded at Studio Zeezicht, Spaarnwoude, Netherlands, January 25th-29th 1994.
Engineered by Frans Hendrix ass engineer Bart Wagemakers
This album is produced by Pete "Peewee" Coleman for Blackmail Productions.
Executive producer M. Staiger.

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"Erase" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Dutch death metal act Gorefest. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in July 1994. Gorefest had experienced a relative amount of success with both "Mindloss (1991)" and "False (1992)", and were in those days widely awknowledged as one of the most prolific death metal artsts out of The Netherlands.

With the addition of guitarist Boudewijn Bonebakker to the lineup on "False (1992)" a musical tranformation began though, and the results of that change was first heard on "Erase". While both "Mindloss (1991)" and "False (1992)" are arguably old school death metal releases to the bone, the sophistication in the guitar and harmony department were enhanced with the addition of Bonebakker to the ranks. He made it clear from the start that he wasn´t interested in just playing basic death metal, but that he wanted to incorporate a more melodic and rock oriented touch to the music, inspired by his great love of 70s and 80s heavy metal and hard rock.

Stylistically that change is clearly heard on "Erase" which features several elements from 70s and 80s heavy metal and hard rock in addition to maintaining a death metal basis. The many guitar harmonies are one of great assets of the music, and a feature the band focus on much more than before on "Erase". I wouldn´t label the music death´n´roll, but at times it´s very close to that description and it wouldn´t be completely wrong to tag the music as that. Jan-Chris De Koeijer (vocals, bass) has changed his vocal style slightly too. He is less of a growler and more or a raw barking shouter on this album.

The musicianship is strong. Gorefest were at this point a tight playing unit. Diverse rhythmic playing by drummer Ed Warby (who would later find fame with Ayreon and a bunch of other projects), great harmony guitar work and solos and catchy powerful riffs, and De Koeijer´s distinct sounding vocals in front.

The 8 tracks on the 42:21 minutes long album are all relatively catchy and powerful, and feature great guitar work. The latter element is to my ears the highlight of the album and at times the harmony guitar themes are rather sophisticated. Tracks like "Low", "Erase", "To Hell and Back", and "Goddess in Black", are among the standout tracks, but as mentioned "Erase" is a strong release throughout. It´s also a relavitely diverse release and tracks like "Peace of Paper" and "Goddess in Black" stick out as being a bit different than the rest of the material. The former is the most death metal oriented track on the album and even features a couple of blast beat sections, where the rest of the material is predominantly heavy or mid-paced. The latter mentioned track is slow paced and slightly more atmospheric than the remaining tracks.

"Erase" features a powerful and well sounding production, which suits the music perfectly. It´s not as brutal or in your face as the productions of previous releases, but it suits the more sophisticated sound well. "Erase" is probably a fanbase divider as it could prove not to be old school and brutal enough for the fans of Gorefest early material and as a consequence of the still relatively brutal vocals, it may prove a bit to harsh for those who enjoy the more rock oriented part of the band´s sound, but personally I think they strike a good balance here and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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