MYTHOS - Pain Amplifier LP
Pain Amplifier is shredding, Finnish Death Metal of the highest caliber. Featuring former Belial guitarist Jukka Valppu, Mythos burst onto the scene almost out of nowhere with one of the heaviest albums in Death Metal history. Mikko Laurila's vocals sound almost as if he literally vomited them forth, and the music is tight and suprisingly catchy considering the ultra brutal nature of the whole thing. This brings to mind Wisdom of Darkness era Belial, which was a blessing in disguise considering how that band had gone the Goth route around the time Pain Amplifier was released. An awesome cover of Carcass' classic "Reek of Putrefaction" rounds out this blazing affair, and seeing as how this was the only full-length from this band, this is a fitting monument to the annals of Death Metal history.