With the prominence of delicate harmonies, yet filled with the razorblade of a dark strength, this album reevaluates the omnipresent melodic aspects of the still debated and misunderstood genre, that is blackened death metal (despite the band considering themselves atmospheric black metal, which is not the case, whatsoever [and DSBM even less]). Reviving the hazardous and abysmal activating collision within the style, Gateway to Selfdestruction really gives a more solid outline to the genre, adding some curious elements, that vigorously improves the elasticity of the sound, saturating a more opaque, but linear, vague and laboriously grotesque audacity, that gives to their sound a peculiar and unique feature, expelled by the outline of a more colorful rhythmic vision, that never declines the obliquity of its own terms.
What I definitely should point it out on this incredible album is the deeply rooted rock’n’roll guitar lines, here conveyed in a very “blackened” sonorous cadence, that ostracizes the rhythm at the cornerstone of its own deleterious and delightful musical stylish strand, though never neglecting the prevalence of the melody, which is beautiful and simply wonderful. With a completely cohesive sonorous boundary, Death, My Salvation, outstood itself at the height of the stars. Certainly, deserves to be among the most wonderful releases of the year, in the genre.
Exceedingly poetic all the way through, Death, My Salvation is an album that defines new elements for black/ death metal, while at the same time manages to reread, reinstate and reinterpret all of these elements, turning them to new components, to put their own style at work in a very solid category.
Sometimes sounding like a rock album after being varnished in a black metal studio, this black metaled rock masterpiece is above everything done in the genre, with no counterpart for a possible comparison. The product of an astounding, lucid, compelling and ingenious limitless creativity, all tracks in Death, My Salvation are filled with an astounding and unique beauty. I wish a very long and successful career to Gateway to Selfdestruction. We certainly need more albums like this one!