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Single Bullet Theory
IV
October 2012
Released: 2011, goombamusic
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

With a strange mix of styles and sub-genres this album should be an awful mess, but somehow it works!



At times things get a little bit preachy (like listening to a Megadeath album) and at others guttural and vicious like a Lamb of God album. It really does go all over the place; from industrial to grindcore, a little old school metal and a splash of progressive thrown in there to with a coating of shredding thrown over the top like the chocolate sprinkles on top ice cream treat. The playing is crisp, very proficient when there's shredding but perhaps a little too self indulgent, especially on "Auctioneer Of Souls".



Matt DiFabio's vocals fit 99% of the time - there's just the odd occasion where where actual singing rather than screaming/guttural screeching felt like it would fit better. Exerting such vocal extremes so often within songs will take its toll in this guys voice in the years to come which would be a shame, as he does it very well.



The album isn't perfect by any means but it's certainly better than a lot of the dross that's out there at the moment.



Review by Neurie
Track Listing

1. Diabolical
2. What Have I
3. The Wake of Betrayal
4. Hands of the Wicked
5. Leviathan Smiles
6. Auctioneer of Souls
7. Letting Go
8. Samsara
9. Echoes of the Past

Bonus Tracks
10. Spirit Crusher (Death cover)
11. The Hurt That Never Ends

Lineup

Matt DiFabio(vocals)
John Ruszin III (guitar)
Jeff Kalber (bass)
Acacio Carvalho (drums)
Guest performance from Matt Thompson of King Diamond

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