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A Path To Extinction
Released: 2006, Independent
Reviewer: Simon Lukic
Released in 2006 A PATH TO EXTINCTION is a couple of years old now but that has not lessened its impact in any way. Having formed in 2001 in New South Wales, Dred are a five piece death/thrash metal band from Australia and I must say that I’m impressed with what I hear.
I would say that Dred can be compared to Dew-Scented, but the Australians are not as single minded as the Germans who tend to bludgeon the listeners with their music and little else. Dred offer greater diversity and have ideas that wouldn’t be knocked back by either Testament or Annihilator. This appreciation of thrash gives the EP a fresh feel when combined with the band's death metal influences.
The opening cut “Absent From Reality” is a great intro and simply slays with killer time changes and brutal riffs. “Animal, Man…Machine” continues the onslaught, but it must be said that the highlight is without a doubt “Sea To Summit” which is hook laden, powerful and utterly memorable. The final cut “Edifice Of Tyranny” is an epic at 7 plus minutes and contains a classic thrash metal intro with mind bending time changes and riffs. The vocals don’t kick in until the 2:07 minute mark and it’s been a while since a band has done this so well.
Vocalist Evgeny Linnik essentially sticks to death metal style a la Cannibal Corpse et al and it works well simply because the music consists of enough hooks to make it tasteful. I’m actually glad that the band didn’t adopt any of the new pseudo thrash styled vocals which the new breed use nowadays, as it would have simply ruined the music and cheapened the band's impact.
A PATH TO EXTINCTION is the sound of greater things to come and I’m looking forward to what the band comes up with next. For now check Dred out (the band has two videos for “Absent From Reality” and “Animal, Man…Machine” available for viewing as well) and make up your own mind. I have a feeling that you’ll be more than a little satisfied.
Absent From Reality
Sea To Summit
Edifice Of Tyranny
Evgeny Linnik – Vocals
Denis Vlachiotis – Lead Guitar
Mikhail Okrugin – Guitar
Michael Conti – Bass
David Horgan - Drums
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