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A bit formulaic, but still good - 76%

PainMiseryDeath, July 21st, 2004

Lay Down Rotten play a straight forward style of melodic death. What you get here is a solid package of riff after riff. While most of the riffs are fairly simple, the band doesn't seem to dwell on a particular riff for too long, so nothing becomes tiresome.

The guitars follow a distinct Swedish sound, bringing to mind something that could possibly fit on a cd from At the Gates, or Arch Enemy. Yet the drumming is a lot more aggressive than that of the Swedish inspired ilk. There is a lot of constant double bass work, as well as assults on the snare drum, something that sounds like it wouldn't be out of place for a more American inspired death metal band. The vocalists main roar is quite low, slightly similar to that of Cannibal Corpse's George Fisher. The infrequent higher pitched vocals are very hoarse and rugged, but sound just a bit forced. (Read as: Tries to sound like At the Gates' Tomas Lindberg).

Halfway through this cd, after being overwhelmed by the melodic riffs, Lay Down Rotten throw in a movie soundsample. It's not in English, so I don't know what the hell it's saying or where it's from, but it's a rather lame waste of a minute and a half. It's over pretty quickly thankfully, and jumps back to what I think is the heaviest song on the cd, Modern Kind of Hate. This song is also one of the few with a guitar solo. Most of the songs are played at a mid to fast speed, with only a couple of slow parts, usually in the intro of the song. The song Paralyzed by Fear even has a sludge-like feel to its intro. Neato.

Even if they are a bit formulaic, Lay Down Rotten still deliver a good cd. With solidly tight musicians plus a more than decent production, it would be a good idea not to pass this one by...if it seems like your style of music.