Reviewed: December 1998
Released: 1998, FAD Records
Substance D are a fairly new band from the USA. Sure their music is heavy, but it’s somewhat lacking in two main departments – melody and lead guitar. There is aggression here and a few decent riffs raise their head from time to time, but it’s not enough to warrant picking this thing up when there is so much other great metal music being put out. I’ll admit it though, if you happen to like your metal infused with hardcore and punk overtones then you might be into this.
The bright moments on the CD include the cool drum intro on the track “god” along with the more metal “Slit The Wrist” which has a catchy riff ala Fear Factory at the beginning. Then there are filler tracks like “strAnge 48” which is just plain horrible, I don’t know if this song was meant to be taken seriously or as a joke but it’s rather mind numbing and annoying with it’s droning vocals, slow acoustic guitar, and just plain monotonous melodies. Better luck next time guys.
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