ARROGANZ – Tod & Teufel (CD)
German death metal music horde Arroganz play an old school style of death metal inspired by the likes of Asphyx, Pestilence, Gorefest and Hail Of Bullets.
They’ve even some interesting thrash metal moments, like on the head banging “Black Aura”, and this song is truly black and brutal in a very insane way. Their playing is very tight and flawless, which is pretty admirable. However, there is nothing unique about “Tod & Teufel”, as it comes across too much much like Pestilence and Asphyx, with the musical influences and the Martin Van Drunen screamed, deathly vocals. If these guys had released this ten song CD 20 years ago, then maybe it would’ve been something unique and interesting, but by that time even bands like Asphyx, Gorefest, Pestilence (who were inactive) were changing their styles with more progressive styles of extreme metal. Moreover, the album title of “Tod & Teufel” sounds too much like a German chocolate and toffee bar instead of something sinister.
Arroganz has penned a very solid album with some interesting passages of music, but for the most part, it sounds too much like the bands mentioned above. If you want to listen to some classic old school death metal, I suggest checking out the earlier Pestilence and Asphyx CDs, which are brilliant and just smoke. “Tod & Teufel” is not bad, but it’s nothing new, that is if you’re looking for something brutally heavy yet forward thinking. [FDA Rekotz] Sarjoo Devani