The Dead are a band from Australia that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of doom, sludge and death metal with a touch of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Deathsteps To Oblivion" which was released by Transcending Obscurity.
A very dark, and ritualistic sound starts off the album along with some demonic vocals that have a black metal tinge to t hem which leads up to a very heavy doom metal sound along with some powerful sounding bass guitars and a few seconds later deep death metal growls start to make their presence known along with some grim screams.
All 5 of the tracks are very long and epic in length and they also bring in a good mixture of both clean and heavy parts which also sets up the mood for some melodic guitar leads and on the third track the music starts to speed up to more of a melodic black metal direction before returning back to a slower direction.
After awhile the bands starts adding in a small amount of melodic female vocals while the 4th track starts out with some tribal beats before making a return back to a doom/death metal direction as well as adding more elements of sludge and spoken word parts into their musical style.
The Dead creates another very heavy album that remains true to their mixture of doom, sludge and death metal while also adding in a bit of melody at times, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cove r darkness and mythological themes. .
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from The Dead and if you are a fan of doom, sludge and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The God Beyond" and "Deathsteps TO Oblivion". 8 out of 10.