Beyond The Threshold Of Death – 2010 – Ibex Moon
S= Non Divine>>MARC
G= Non Divine>>MARC – Non Divine>>ANDY
B= DANIEL WIEN
D= Suffocated Art>>DANIEL>>Suffocated Art
Dortmund-based lifeless metal band Lifeless was birthed in 2004 when Marc and Andy put Non Divine behind to form a straightforward death metal act. It was not until bassist Jan joined when the group began writing however. The band recorded a demo called Beyond The Threshold Of Death in 2007 and released it in 2008. Germany’s Lifeless announced that its Beyond The Threshold Of Death demo would be reissued through Ibex Moon Records on June 8th, 2010. In late 2011, the band signed with FDA Rekotz. A full-length was due in the spring of 2012.
LIFELESS – BEYOND THE THRESHOLD OF DEATH – IBEX MOON
Do you have all day? Why don’t you try to see how many allegories of death these Germans can convene on one album?
Lifeless hails from Germany and Beyond The Threshold Of Death is its first and only album thus far. The band sings the praises of death and dying and hatred of religion and gets suspiciously close to its native Nazism with a song called Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross (“fought side by side against the mindless masses/And all their superficial lies”).
The album has a sludgy and loud production that complements its massive Swedeath sound. The intro speaks of being ‘entombed’ and the rest of the album leaves little to be desired in terms of reproducing the early music of Entombed, Dismember or Unleashed. In fact, the album ends with a cover version of Dismember’s Casket Garden. Before then, this group crushes with heavy distortion, compression, growls and the occasional blasting drums. The sole weakness is the light tuning of the drums when executing drum rolls. Otherwise, there is little to dislike here. Just do not seek originality. – Ali “The Metallian”