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Desultory was part of the first wave of Swedish death metal bands, alongside Nihilist, Grave, Dismember and many others. Into Eternity, their Metal Blade debut following a lesser-known EP release, is standard for the genre, energetic and forceful, straddling the line between the more brutal American death style and the melodic Gothenburg variety. Though not earthshattering, it's a fine album and a solid bet for death fans. By most accounts, the followup, Bitterness, is more of the same, but 1996's Swallow The Snake is quite a different animal, dropping the death vocals (and, for the most part, death metal itself), for a more heavy rock sound likened by some to Soundgarden. Having been dropped by Metal Blade, they disappeared, but the three members from the Snake album recruited a new fourth member and, continuing the progression from that last album, continued on as the heavy/stoner metal act Zebulon, releasing at read more...
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DESULTORY Into Eternity album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Into Eternity
Death Metal 1993
DESULTORY Bitterness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melodic Death Metal 1994
DESULTORY Swallow the Snake album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swallow the Snake
Death 'n' Roll 1996
DESULTORY Counting Our Scars album cover 3.68 | 3 ratings
Counting Our Scars
Melodic Death Metal 2010
DESULTORY Through Aching Aeons album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Through Aching Aeons
Death Metal 2017

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DESULTORY Forever Gone album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Forever Gone
Death Metal 1992

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DESULTORY From Beyond album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From Beyond
Thrash Metal 1990
DESULTORY Death Unfolds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Unfolds
Death Metal 1991
DESULTORY Visions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal 1992

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DESULTORY Counting Our Scars

Album · 2010 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Counting Our Scars" is the 4th full-length studio album by melodic Swedish death metal act Desultory. The album was released through Pulverised Records in November 2010. "Counting Our Scars" is a comeback album for the band who released their last album "Swallow the Snake" in 1996. Desultory formed in 1989 and were pretty active in the early and mid-90s releasing three studio albums in the years between 1993 and 1996. After their three-album deal with Metal Blade Records was fullfilled with the release of "Swallow the Snake (1996)", Desultory disbanded/changed their name to Zebulon, recording two studio albums during their active period under that monicker from 1997 to 2008. In 2009 the members of Zebulon changed the band name back to Desultory.

So the big question here is which style of music Desultory have opted to play on "Counting Our Scars", because while they started out playing a melodic old school Swedish death metal style, they changed their style significantly on "Swallow the Snake (1996)", which features a raw heavy rock/metal/death´n´roll style, which is pretty far removed from the sound on their early releases, and the Zebulon albums pretty much continued down that road. Since the lineup on "Counting Our Scars" consists of all four members of Zebulon, it would be natural to think that the "new" Desultory would continue playing heavy rock/metal/death´n´roll, but I guess the name change was meant to signal something, because the music style on "Counting Our Scars" is melodic death metal. It features a more contemporary and at times more thrashy and groove laden sound, but it´s audible that this is the same band who released both "Into Eternity (1993)" and "Bitterness (1994)".

The tracks are all well written, well performed, and well produced, and therefore it´s no surprise that the final outcome sounds very professional. So upon conclusion "Counting Our Scars" is a good quality melodic death metal album and a welcome comeback from Desultory. While it doesn´t quite reach the magic of the early releases, it´s still a strong release by the band and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is fully deserved.

DESULTORY Counting Our Scars

Album · 2010 · Melodic Death Metal
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Genre: death metal

You know, Sweden are known as the country of melodic death metal, but prior to that, Sweden harbored a very different, much less polished type of death metal. Desultory play old school Swedish death metal, and, being the first album by the band in five years, counting our scars is a comeback of sorts - and a good comeback, too.

The productions is more crisp than with the original Swedish death metal acts, and Desultory also appeal more to melody... without it being melodeath, but add the melodic dimension through melodic lead guitars primarily.

True to tradition, there are plenty of thrash elements, and perhaps Desultory is best described as a death-thrash act, although the do make use of blastbeats and typical death metal riffage as well.

I think this is a very good album, and it is reassuring to know that the Swedes are still able to make old school Swedish death metal.

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