Johansson & Speckmann – Mask of the Treacherous

For extreme metal, anno 2015 is off to a good start, with Johansson & Speckmann’s second studio effort, Mask of the Treacherous, being released through Vic Records. This nine-song album features Ribspreader’s Rogga Johansson, teamed up with Master’s Paul Speckmann. The studio-only collaboration showcases the musical and songwriting acumen of Johansson with the “vokills” ofFor extreme metal, anno 2015 is off to a good start, with Johansson & Speckmann‘s second studio effort, Mask of the Treacherous, being released through Vic Records. This nine-song album features Ribspreader‘s Rogga Johansson, teamed up with Master‘s Paul Speckmann. The studio-only collaboration showcases the musical and songwriting acumen of Johansson with the “vokills” of Speckmann. It’s nice to hear an album that fires on all cylinders and sonically kicks you in the face right away. It hits that sweet spot and stays there. A lot of discs these days focus on having eerie intros, slow builds, layered orchestration, and the like. This one dispenses with that notion and goes straight for the jugular. A classy collaboration named after the participants rather then being called something from a pathophysiology text, Mask of the Treacherous encourages you to listen deeper: your ‘this is another gory platter’ crutch to lean on has been removed. The sound is crisp, clear, and loud. It hasn’t sacrificed that thick, warm spectrum though: it doesn’t sound ‘digital’ or over-compressed. Neither overly technical or overly simplistic, Johansson & Speckmann’s latest invokes and recalls the best of the mid 1990s grindcore and extreme metal sound. There’s a very […]

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