Ancient are back after a 12 year hiatus and show a little bit of rust
Returning after 12 years away, Ancient bring us "Back to the Land of the Dead". This album was supposed to be a triumphant return for a band that has developed a pretty substantial cult following. But what "Back to the Land of the Dead" offers is a maddening listening experience. This album is the epitome of two tales. The first half of the album is phenomenal and everything that is great about Ancient. As the album progresses though, the quality significantly drops & the second half of the album just feels like filler material. The production is spot on as usual but all in all, "Back to the Land of the Dead" falls short in its expectation.