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The Millennium (4 song EP)
Released: 1999, Independent
When I got this CD I kind of figured it would be some form of death metal. If the name of the band didn't give it away then it would be the angular nearly illegible font used for the band logo which has become somewhat a hallmark of the genre. This is not the form of death metal that sprung forth in the early 90's with bands like Suffocation, Deicide, Immolation, Cannibal Corpse, etc.. Death's Bride come more from the Rotting Christ, (older) My Dying Bride, Dark Tranquility school of influences, and I hear a bit of old-school Slayer on some of the riffing as well! The vocals are not as base as say Glen Benton, instead they are up an octave or two coming closer to black metal screeching without shattering any mirrors. On the guitar front there is a load of harmonized guitar riffs that of course add to the melody and do a lot towards creating a more "evil" atmosphere. Missing from the equation is lead guitar. I'm sure these guys could of played some leads because if the technicality of the riffing is any indication of their skill level then they could of pulled some leads off. I don't know what's holding them back?!?! Don't expect much in the way of blast beats on the drums, the tempo is fairly mid-paced. There's a small dose of acoustic guitar on "My Thoughts, My Egocraty." They could of expanded on that idea a little more perhaps.
All in all then a good effort from a new band. However these guys REALLY have their competition cut out for them. With some reflection they could be well on their way.
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