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A Bundle of Horror Movie Metal Goodness - 100%

Boxx, October 13th, 2006

The musical genius Maniac Niel has come to us with another thrashing success, Blood Freak's "Live Fast, Die Young...And Leave a Flesh-Eating Corpse!". This package comes with horror movie samples and pounding music designed to get your heart going and get ready for a blood rampage. But anyways, on to the music...

Let's talk about the production. The guitars are not exactly clear. Neither is the drumming, but this doesn't hurt the credibility of this album one bit. As a matter of fact, I believe it boosts it. Concerning the musicianship: the skill put into the playing of these instruments is excellent, especially considering there's only one man behind the instruments. A first-time listener would easily mistake it as a full-blown, more-than-one-member band. The guitars, drumming, bass, and vocals are all on the same "sound level". What I mean is, nothing sounds synthetic or automated, and everything was mixed perfectly to give it the "band" quality.

The music itself throughout the album is nothing short of magnificence. Generally speaking, the songs are always moving and progressing. There are a few slow songs and slow parts of songs here and there. But that doesn't take away from the album in any way though. Each song may have a feeling of "redundancy", but each song also has its "specialty" not found in any other songs.

The album maintains somewhat of a death/thrash and death/grind balance. Some songs are straight-up grinding. Others have a thrashy feeling. The death metal element, however, is ever present throughout the entire album. To give somewhat of a better idea on how it sounds like, imagine Maniac Neil's other band, Frightmare. It sounds similar, but it's also very different and unique on its own.

Let me talk about the vocals for a little bit. It doesn't have extremely low gutteral vocals like Frightmare, but the vocals do deliver, and very well I might add. The vocals are balanced between a low growling and a raspy, higher-pitched growl. The vocals are not completely understandable, however. So you would need the lyrics if you want to sing...or in this case, growl along with Maniac Neil.

Overall, this album deserves a 100%. This is the gourmet chef's plate with the proper touch of every right spice. Nothing is too much or too little. Everything in the album weighs in perfect harmony, concerning musicianship, vocalization, and quality.