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Released: 2001, Independent
In this age of modern technology we are instantly connected to bands and scenes from around the world and yet there are a couple of undiscovered frontiers in the metal world, South America and Eastern Europe, beyond the “metal curtain”. This month I choose to review two very obscure bands from Eastern Europe, Secret South and Punished.
Secret South hail from Bosnia and in this case it shows. In my mind and experience, many eastern European bands lack the experience and talent to be anything more than regional clones of their favorite band they have bootlegged on cassette. Secret South are OK. That’s about it. Not a glowing endorsement, I realize but this CD is pretty dull. The cover is a fairly dull drawing. There are no lyrics, no pictures and almost no information. It is seems very low-budget. That’s OK it’s the music that counts right? The production is quite flat. The highs are not high enough, the lows too low, the guitars buzz along too far back in the mix.
The performances are quite passable. The vocals lack range and power but have a nice Sepultura type shout at times. The guitarist never really cuts loose either. The songs are a little dull but not necessarily because of the song writing but more a combination of weak execution and lack-lustre production. The songs inherently themselves are not bad. That is a big saving grace because with better a better studio, producer, production and mix Secret South could really shine. With some more time, money and experience I believe Secret South have the raw material in place to record a fully kick-ass CD.
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