Unless you happen to be one of those few benighted souls for whom pounding and plundering death metal produces irritable bowel syndrome, the news of a new record by Dave Ingram and Rogga Johansson will be cause for rejoicing. Both have already left such a heavy and un-erasable mark on the genre that they could coast comfortably for many years to come, sustained by reputation alone and warmed by the embers of past glories. That they have rejected any inclination to shift into neutral, take their feet off the gas, and simply glide on the inertial push of past success must be seen as a testament to unquenched passion.
These two have also collaborated as members of the excellent Echelon (whose most recent album was The Brimstone Aggrandizement in 2016), and both have each separately participated in other recent projects whose albums have been released by the same label (Transcending Obscurity) that’s releasing this latest collaborative effort, i.e., Ursinne and Paganizer. Their joint venture which is the subject of this post brandishes the evocative name Down Among the Dead Men, and its new (third) album is …And You Will Obey Me. And of course, yes I will. How could I resist?