Heavy Death are a band from Sweden that has been featured before in this zine and plays an old school mixture of doom and death metal and this is a review of their 2014 cassette compilation which was released by Caligari Records and contains their 2 demos "A Long Obscure Trip" and "Darkness Of No Return".
The first side of the cassette has the 3rd demo and it starts out with some psychedelic style sounds being mixed in with a more melodic doom/death metal sound and you can also hear all of the musical instruments on the demo and after awhile growls are added into the music along with some melodic chants.
Most of the bands musical sound is heavily rooted in the early 90's Swedish style of death metal while also mixing in a bit of the U.S and U.K doom/death metal sound from the same era while the clean singing gives the music more of an original feeling and the music on the 3rd demo sticks to a slow, dark and heavy sound from beginning to end.
On demo number 2 the music starts out with a dark ambient sounding drone before going into a doom metal direction a few seconds later along with some morbid sounding melodies and growling vocals and just like the previous demo all of the musical instruments are very easy to hear and the band also still has the old school feeling of early death and doom metal
The vocals at times have a melodic tone to them reminding me of early Cathedral and one of the later tracks also sees more clean singing and when solos and leads are added into the music they sound very dark, distorted and melodic while they are not a huge part of the recording with most of the demo focusing more on a slow doom/death metal sound and when spoken word parts are added in the music starts to have a more ritualistic feeling along with a heavy Hellhammer influence.
Heavy Death remain true to their doom/death metal sound on those 2 demo's keeping everything slow and heavy as well as adding in clean singing which makes the music have more of an original edge, the production sounds very dark and old school while the lyrics cover darkness and horror themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding compilation from Heavy Death and if you are a fan of doom/death metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "All I See Is Decay" "Darkness Of No Return" and "Infernal Celestial View". 8 out of 10.