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Released: 2004, MetalBlade
Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP
I’d heard the buzz about these guys but never had a chance or made the effort. Only, their fourth album in a long career has made me a fan. These guys are miles ahead of the standard death metal pack. I like this better than the new Vader and Vomitory. I’m sure the new look, new logo and more modern sound will annoy older fans but I think this is a very decent slab of thrash-tinged death. Weird presentation aside, there are great songs, short, fast heavy, lots of great chunky guitar tone and very appealing vocals. Favorite cut is Infernique which is catchy as hell (by death metal standards) and makes me want to go back and get the entire back catalogue. No frills, keys, chicks, violins, just straight ahead death, that is not to extreme, not too gory or offensive and should appeal to a wide-range of fans.
2. Wicked Saints
5. Show Me Your God!
7. Toxic Paranoia
8. Needles Nervosa
9. Bloodspill Revelation
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