Massacre was formed in Tampa, Florida as long back as in 1984 and they released a few demos in the second half of the eighties before their debut album ‘From Beyond’ saw the light of day in 1991. Despite a career spanning over 35 years ‘Resurgence’ is only their fourth full length album and the band has been through a bunch of line-up changes over the years as well. To illustrate this even further I can add that none of the members from the recording line-up of their previous album ‘Back From Beyond’ are part of the band anymore. Today Massacre consist of original members Mike Borders (bass) and Kam Lee (vocals) as well as recently recruited Brynjar Helgetun (drums), Scott Fairfax (guitars), Jonny Petterson (guitars) and Rogga Johanson (guitars). While ‘Back From Beyond’ had a much more modern death metal approach, ‘Resurgence’ takes the band back to basic and a classic old school death metal sound. Not overproduced but still a very good sounding production as you would expect with Dan Swanö at the wheel. The song material consists of 10 mid to up-tempo, riff-driven old school death metal tracks with elements of thrash and some nice harmony and lead passages to create a bit of variation. There’s nothing revolutionary about this album to be honest, but if you appreciate old school death metal in the vein of early Death, Obituary and a touch of Cannibal Corpse (with a production worthy 2021, I must add) ‘Resurgence’ might be just what you are looking for.
Back From Beyond (2014)
From Beyond (1991)