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...And they do it again - 38%

BindingApathy, December 4th, 2012

Quickly glancing at Dew-Scented's discography should let you know they're not big on the idea of change. Releasing an album promptly every two years, with recycled song titles and albums oh-so-wittingly beginning with the letter I pretty much present one simple fact: you're going to get the same thing every time you listen to this band. That still applies here, as almost nothing has changed.

Stylistically, this album displays a strand of death/thrash heavy on Slayer/Exodus/Sepultura style riffs with some slight modern death metal undertones. The guitars do nothing but recycle riffs and passages by the previously mentioned bands, predictably alternating between fast strumming and repeated power chords like every mindless thrash band in existence. Every lead is a meaningless flurry that, again, echoes a majority of death/thrash bands that choose speed in favor of songwriting. No material here has any sort of originality to speak of as it is all a modernized montage of late 80's thrash riffs accompanied by monotonously thumping drums.

I must address these vocals specifically, because in complete honesty-they're fucking horrid. Caught between a harsh yell and a bark, the vocalist puts on a display that's as intensity-deficient as most nu metal bands. There's no other way to describe it other than constipation, and it's easily the worst aspect on an already below-average album.

If I wanted to name actual highlights it would be pretty tough, especially when this album, as much as I've listened to it (for whatever bizarre reason), completely flows in and out of one's head so easily. Artificial Life's main riff is surprisingly solid and breaks away from the redundancy of the surrounding songs, and Totem is a great little a boring song. And the production, while being entirely expected given the band's status and genre, is heavy and provides a much-needed sense of aggression.

Hearing one Dew-Scented album is all you need to know what this band is about, and what they will be about until they retire. They clearly have no intention of switching it up or making any kind of progress, so if you're not completely infatuated with the genre right now, this band is disposable.