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Aggressive but Repetitive - 70%

darkreif, May 22nd, 2007

Dew-Scented have pretty much perfected the modern deathrash sound. Incinerate is definitely evidence to this fact. They have perfected it so much that it is to a point of being repetitive - one of the faults to this album.

Dew-Scented have never really changed their sound. To this day that means one of two things - that the band have found what works from them and continue to write thusly or that the band is unchallenged in their writing and unevolving as a group. I think the first is the truth for Dew-Scented. They have found their niche in music and they play it consistently album after album.

That being said, even Incinerate is pretty repetitious in itself. Musically, the album (and most of Dew-Scented's work) is pure Slayer worship. The guitars are heavy with speed and riffs and the two guitarists play well off of one another. This is presented in the few times that there are alternating riffs, a cool effect that loses its catchyness if done too often. The riffs are tight and fast - but once again a little too similar from song to song to really be memorable. The leads are hindered in the same manner. The leads are technical and clean but past the third song or so they all sound pretty much the same. The solos are chaotic with lots of pinched notes and squeals - very Slayer inspired.

The bass work is pretty much a standard thrash work - very fast and tight but not much for flourish. Granted the way that the music is shaped really doesn't allow for progressive and catchy bass work. The drums on the other hand are quite impressive. The variety is limited again by the speed and aggression of the music but the drummer does have time to throw in some unique material here and there. The bass drumming doesn't overcome the music either - something a lot of newer bands fall prey to.

The vocals, although consistent, become redundant as the album progresses. A modern barking vocals seem to have become the rage in modern thrash bands. The vocalist has an interesting voice but nothing that is too memorable or distinctive in the end. The last song on the album, Retain the Scars has some guest vocals by Mille Petrozza of Kreator fame - and the two on a duet is actually quite fun and exciting.

Incinerate isn't Dew-Scented's best work. It's not bad at all - its quite good after a couple of listens when one is able to catch all the little details on the album. First listen is going to be tough though. I can image though that the album has plenty of songs that are going to be great in a live setting.

Songs to check out: Final Warning, That's Why I Despise You, Retain the Scars.