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Pitch Black Mentality
The Pitch Black Reality
Released: 2013, Casket Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
These guys from Norway started life honing their craft as a Metallica tribute act, but I can safely say that no group therapists are needed today for this reviewer.
Pitch Black Mentality sound like 'Southern Treadkill' era Pantera hanging out in a darkened bar with Seasons in the Abyss' era Slayer, Tore's vocals in some songs even sound akin to Phil's early glam metal days. Opener 'Carpe Demon' hammers right into you the second you press play, with drum blasts that have more rattle than a game of ludo, complete with Mercyful Fate harmonies to boot. 'The Throne' lurches into your space with spectural grooves leaving you helpless before next song 'Red Light' ups the ante with chopping guitars that lunge from out of nowhere. 'Truth Denied' I think would be a live favourite mixing a great hook and some blazing solos, which would be at home accompanying any superhero like battle.
For a debut album, Pitch Black Mentality have done well to distance themselves from their initial begins, not falling into the trap of directly sounding like their predecessors, it's an impressive effort with plenty of firing power, that hopefully can help these guys climb up the ranks and out of the shadows.
Review by Alistair Dyson
1. Carpe Demon
2. The Pitch Black Reality
3. Tool of War
4. The Throne
5. Red Light
6. Silent Voice
7. Feed Your Suicide
8. Truth Denied
9. Carve My Stone
Tore Christer Storlid: Lead vocals and Bass guitar
Bjarte K. Helland: Drums
Jarle H. Olsen: Guitar
Frank Natas: Guitar and backing vocals
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