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Quick professionally administered nosebleeds - 80%

Napero, May 6th, 2011

After the rather entertaining Decade of Decapitation demo, the Casket crew has tweaked its approach to their metal a bit. On Generation Kill, they've diverted their attention from the death'n'rolling death-thrash and redirected it towards something that resembles high-tempo modern US death metal, with the good and bad general conventions of the genre completely under their control.

The demo, with its two songs, is essentially a very quick and rather brutal 6-minute pummeling, and leaves no room for questioning the band's intentions. It's death metal, with certain straightforward influences from brutal death metal, and an impeccable production and performance. This material is technically ready to be signed to a label and to be put on a full-length album. There are virtually no hitches in the music, and the demo is almost too polished for its own good; a bit of grime and fuzziness would give it more edge, and separate it from the most commercial death metal flavours. There is a whiff of plastic in the sound, and smearing a bit of rust on the surface would not hurt.

Among its kin, Casket still lacks that something that would set them apart from the masses. While Generation Kill is a convincing slab of torn flesh and a demonstration of a skilled group, it still sticks to the conventions and largely follows the styles of well-known bands already occupying the high ground of the genre. Sometimes Sotajumala springs mind, at other moments Torture Killer... there's a mild lack of originality here, and with this kind of technical expertise, all the band needs to do is find a bit of their own ideas, to make their music sound like their own creation. Combined with the apparent skill level, a few original hooks and novel concepts would immediately turn Casket from a very good demo band into a potentially successful group.

Yep. Perhaps Generation Kill is not yet the most original creation ever, but it's very, very good in what the band has decided to create. Casket is still worth keeping an eye on, definitely, and perhaps needs a moment of illumination, a bit of cranial concussion, or perhaps a good, overlong and creative boozing session, to find a tiny spark of that elusive something and turn into a true success story. Holding breath starts in 3... 2... 1...