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Morbid Angel wish they were Eulogy - 78%

Shovel, September 23rd, 2004

Eulogy's only label released offering; The Essence, reminds me a lot of Morbid Angel. Well, a better Morbid Angel. Eulogy go beyond the strangeness of Morbid Angel, pushing death metal to new heights without going all out brutal.

The first thing I noticed about The Essence was the female choir vocals in the background. Quite a strange addition, but it certainly doesn't take away from the title track. Driving tremolo riffs add a nice rhythm to the songs, with the occasional interruption for a scream or short drum roll. A mild guitar solo here and there adds a nice flare as well. Clayton Gore really displays his talents on the kit, going from blastbeats to unusual tempos to drums rolls, all without straying into the realm of percussion wankery.

Jason Avery is definitely an underrated vocalist, and performs excellently on all four tracks. His hollow growls sound like a cave beast, while his screams sound truly terrifying.

If you're a fan of the non-brutal league of death metal, you'll most likely swallow this up. Go download it and bang away!