The unsurpassed Death Metal monarchs MASTER returns with their eleventh full-length album "The New Elite", an odious showcase of brick-wall musical integrity that has been quintessential MASTER even during the band's early inception. Now with 30 years on, Paul Speckmann and his insult-brigade have shown no signs on mellowing, but only more hateful than ever!
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Shaark Studios (Root, Fleshless, etc) and with the emblematic artwork and layout designed by German graphic artist Mark Bridgeman, "The New Elite" is a bulldozing 45-minute audio-violence of social travesty and political coercion. Vehemently honest and the cruel truth does cut like a knife. This is MASTER! Period.
Dead Congregation's second album is a crushing, evil, riff-filled monster. It's suffocating and has a genuinely scary atmosphere at times. The production does sound a bit like you're listening to the songs through a wall though, and that severely dampers the quality of the overall album. Still very much worth picking up, as you get used to the production within a few songs and from there it's absolutely great.