Cremation where a band from the Netherlands that played an old school form of death metal and this is a review of their 2002 album "Retaliation" which will be re-issued in September by Vic Records.
A very heavy sound starts off the album along with some melodic sounding guitar leads and the music is very heavily rooted in the early 90's Florida style and after awhile death metal growls make their presence known on the recording and you can hear a great amount of talent and skill in the songs.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the songs bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the riffs also using a decent amount of melody and as the album progresses a brief use of acoustic guitars can be heard before returning back to a heavier direction while clean playing does make a return on a later track and some songs also bring in a small amount of high pitched screams and the album also brings in 6 bonus tracks from their demos.
Cremation played a style of death metal that was very heavily rooted in the early 90's while also having a decent mixture of both North American and European influences, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover insanity, death and suffering themes.
In my opinion Cremation where a very great sounding old school death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this re-release. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Vanished Into Oblivion" "Intangible Malignancy" "Beyond The Edge Of Insanity" and "Futile Existence". 8 out of 10.