STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 128802-19764 LABEL: Soundmass SMO25 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Ian Webber
Although opening with melodious and swirling violin phrases, the latest offering from these Aussie rockers soon gives way to the relentless thrash of the title track. Seeming to then only play at two speeds, this seasoned four piece marches their way at either breakneck speed or even slightly faster with frenetic abandon through the 18 tracks on this their fifth studio album. There is a classic sound throughout that owes much to the influence of fellow countrymen Mortification, but I can also hear phrases reminiscent of British rockers Seventh Angel. The darker elements of "End Of Days" and "Dare To Dream" are particular examples. Grave Forsaken continue to produce open and forthright lyrics that leave you in no doubt where they are coming from, underlined and punctuated by staccato riffing and metronomic drumming. With tight musicianship and solid production, this is certainly a step up from earlier outings, but still lacks a little spark and originality to set it above rival recordings. In fact the highlight of this offering is the eight live tracks included in the back half of the record. These manage to convey energy and excitement that is sometimes lacking on the studio tracks. It is these, that although lacking a little clarity and containing plenty of feedback, make this recording worth seeking out.
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