STYLE: Hard Music RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82385-15675 LABEL: Soundmass SM015 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Graeme Crawford
These Aussie thrashers have had some trials recently, with almost a revolving door of vocalists, but appear to have settled with guitarist Vaughan Gregory taking up most of the lead vocals. This may not be the best long term move as he is not the strongest or most tuneful of singers, however given the quality of the backing vocals on display, he is the only real choice. Musically, the band are competent enough, playing classic thrash metal in the style of '80s era Metallica and Megadeth mixed with some elements of death and doom metal. The production is a bit woolly with the instruments being distinguished easily enough, but lacking any real bite. There is some technical ability on display but the writing is unoriginal and sounds almost like a tribute band. The lyrics are laudable in their spiritual content and social commentary, however this comes with a certain amount of cringe factor in their exhortations to follow Jesus. They obviously have a strong faith and enjoy what they do, but are badly let down by poor vocals and a lack of originality.
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