Wound Collector is the brainchild of Peter Verdonck, a renowned saxophonist and composer. Throughout the years he has been composing and performing with a wide array of bands, orchestras and theatre productions. But Peter Verdonck is also a death metal fan. So he gathered three other musicians, each of them already having earned their stripes in the Belgian metal scene, and together they created Wound Collector. After a heap of rehearsals and try-outs, Wound Collector is now ready to showcase their unique and punishing sound.
Even without the saxophone, Wound Collector would be an interesting death metal band. You can clearly hear influences from Nile, Suffocation, Fleshgod Apocalypse and so on. Furthermore, this album is surprisingly varied, which is not an easy task in the death metal world. The versatile vocals of Guy Van Campenhout not only add versatility but also power and grandeur. But, the whole thing comes with that epic saxophone, not only in whirling solos but also in the everyday riff-worshiping, and that makes this album stand out in today's metal scene.
The odd thing is, that sax will undoubtedly gather interest from jazz fans and perhaps even ska-punkers. Simply the presence of that instrument drags in all these influences. 'Divine Music, Unholy Flesh', for example, sounds both joyous and impending. This is a monstrous death-jazz track, and it's far from the only one here. But don't get me wrong, this is still nutsack piercing death metal, destined to devour your soul and whiplash the hell out of your neck. Rest assured, this will hurt you.
Picking favorite track is not easy but I think I will go with the combo 'Recapturing The Throne' and 'Crucifixion To The Inverted Cross'. The only track that I'm not that crazy about, is 'History Of Torture', which might be a bit too experimental and power metal inspired for my taste. Yet, eventually it makes place for the brilliant, doom metal inspired 'Hopelessness', which easily competes with my aforementioned favorites. In all, mostly because of that awesome sax but also because it's just a bloody awesome album, 'Eternal Bloodcult' might be my favorite death metal release in recent years.