Netherlands | Thrash (1986-1988), Death (1989-1991), Progressive (1993)
The new album starts with something that sounds like a sacred sermon. In just a few seconds the mood changes, from holy to hellish. It sets the tone for the rest of the album. Although Doctrine is not a concept album in a traditional sense, the songs are tied together thematically. The Lyrics deal with the various ways humanity often suffers under the burden of religion, doctrines and politics. 'I always put a lot of effort in the lyrics', says Patrick Mameli. 'I never felt the need to write so called gore lyrics, like so many other bands do. I am aware of what is going on in the world and I have the feeling that I have something to say about it'. The curse of religious and political oppression is a theme that fits the music perfectly. Doctrine is by far the most extreme album the band has unleashed. The album proves at the same time that even after 25 years the band is still willing to take chances. It offers thought provoking lyrics, dissonant chords, complex rhythm patters and an assault of low tuned monster riffs.