bands I'd never heard of before debut on a split CD positively.
Very personal brutal deathrash is what the former have to offer, like
a mix of early Kreator and Natron, even if their last track, "Blood
Drops in Heaven", is a little different cos it starts with
an Arabian melody played by the guitars and sung by whispered, then
angelic male vocals; slowly it becomes tighter and tighter to finally
burst. I'm only sorry about the recording, a little choking high frequencies
and making the guitars sound too saturated, but the French are definitely
death masters and you can hear it from the playing of every instrument
and the care for details paid by the vocalist. The higher mark is therefore
due to the their professionism but they need to be more various. By
the way, great logo!
Much more guttural sound the Austrian guys, for example in "Godsick"
and "Bullet Time"; Punishment are rife with slowdowns
and vocal 'diggings' along with very low-tuned guitars ("Graveyard
Earth"), while "The Enemies Behind" shows
some vocal and guitaristic death/core traces probably left from drummer
Lugi's previous band, Vienna's Crusade.
The best track is in my opinion "The Die Is Cast",
thanks to the effective and straightforward way it was written and the
good riffs contained in it, of which some even black metal! On the other
hand, the closer "Come with me" is a sort of death'n'roll.
Again it's a shame that it's been recorded so fast and that some songs
end so roughly, even if the sounds are luckily balanced here.
For fans of death metal who will never afford to miss a release and
for those who wanna have a confirmation about the healthy condition
of death metal in Europe nowadays.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 26/11/03
150 Av. Pierre Brossolette
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