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State of Grace
Released: 1997, Independant
Punish are a metal trio from Victoria BC, Canada. Their CD entitled State of Grace is a professionally packaged affair containing nine bone crushing songs.
The CD begins with with the mid-tempo "State of Grace" which is full of severely heavy riffs. When vocalist (and bassist) Kirk Mercer cuts in I'm thinking 'he sounds like the dude from Razor, only toned down.' Then I hear bits of Chuck Shuldiner in his screams mixed with a bit of Phil Anselmo. As soon as the solo cuts in you think 'shit what happened?' Well get used to it because it plagues the entire CD! All the bottom end drops through the floor. If guitarist Adel Braga had a rhythm guitar backing him I would of liked the lead sections much more. Next up is "Render", an OK track which really picks up at the end of the song. This is followed by "Why We Lie", a slow paced song that did nothing for me except on the outro when the double kicks come in over harmonized guitar. "Right From Wrong" has some really neat drum playing at the beginning that immediately caught my ears...proving drummer Terry James can play with the best of them. This song is one of the better tracks with several time changes. Definitely listen to the drumming on this song!! "I Kill You Last" is a short unmemorable song that had no effect on me. "Desensitized" is filled with really cool choppy riffs that seems to define this band. Unfortunately, the solo in this song is grating, it should have been left out. "Unity" opens with more cool choppy riffing followed by a long drawn out sleepy section that lags until roughly the 3 minute mark where the song changes to something that really kicks! "Knife In My Back" starts with a very evil sounding chord, fucking heavy!!!! Distorted vocals and bass make this song a bit different from the CD's other tracks. I like the delay effects used on the vocals as well. Last up is "Individual" with a impressive harmony guitar intro. I also thought that the drumming stood out in this song. I really like the solo section with the excellent drums and the slow lead guitar part. I love how the song kicks back in after the solo part. One of the better tracks on the CD for sure.
I would recommend this CD to fans of bands like Pantera, Machine Head, Prong, and Death. I don't think you'd be disappointed. And hey, this is a CANADIAN CD! All the more reason for you to check it out. Just because Punish are a three piece, don't think Rush. They aren't even comparable!
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