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Fun, but no variation whatsoever - 70%

OakenHelm, January 19th, 2008

The oddly-monickered Dew-Scented play a very energetic form of death-thrash with no frills at all. Those looking for the latest avant-garde masterpiece best look elsewhere. For those who can't get enough thrash, however, Dew-Scented are a more than worthy addition to a collection. I first heard these guys when I downloaded th song "Bitter Conflict" from....somewhere. Anyway, the song was pretty good and the artwork intrigued me, so I bought it. Fortuitously, "Bitter Conflict" happened to be the first song, so everything started well.

Then came "Unconditional" and I thought to myself "hmm, this is pretty good, but...not that different from "Bitter Conflict." And then "Life Ending Path" started and....well, you get the point. To be blunt, there is nothing to really differentiate the songs from one another. When Dew-Scented kick it into high gear and really start blasting, the results are virtually indistinguishable from any other ridiculously fast part.

However, on the other side of the coin, even though the songs are very same-y and formulaic, making an album of essentially one song repeated 10 times, that one song sure does kick a hell of a lot of ass. Solos aplenty, drums thunder, vocals snarl, you get the picture. Kick-ass thrash up there with the best of them. Production is oddly bassy, and everything could stand to be a little clearer, but nothing that can't get cleaned up with a better budget (and these factors would in fact be remedied on future releases).

Dew-Scented know exactly what kind of music they want to play, and don't fuck around with the formula. At all. While the music is pretty awesome, the utter one-dimensionality of the music holds this album back. Nevertheless, if you want an energetic, head-bang inducing thrash album, this is one of the best.