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Kinda poorly constructed - 68%

UltraBoris, June 3rd, 2004

This album is a frustrating listen, because it's really about one small set of edits away from being a brilliant work of death-thrash. Unfortunately, it seems that while they came up with a lot of awesome riffs, they just couldn't put it together competently. If they had, they would have had something similar to Messiah's "Choir of Horrors", but instead the thing comes out somewhat sloppy.

There are fast death-metal sections, and slower thrash sections. The two are kinda thrown together in a mishmash fashion, and unfortunately not in that good Torture Squad "let's vary up where the brutality comes from" style. Just when they're about to go into a nifty thrash groove, they throw in a blasting section that ruins it all... and when they've got some fast stuff going, instead of varying it up, a la Pleasure to Kill, they randomly throw in another thrash riff. Now there's nothing wrong with going for an 80% thrash riff, but it just seems like they alternate between the two far too often. Also, at times the riff transitions are simply fades - very abrupt, and it really reinforces the "jigsaw puzzle" feel of the whole thing.

I mentioned Messiah... the vocalist is a dead ringer, and the guitars aren't that far off either. But the overall composition - it sounds like Messiah in a blender. It just comes off as awkward - I think what it's really missing is a few long Sodom-like thrash passages, or alternately some faster death metal stuff to sound like a less obscenely heavy Suffocation. It's like they can't decide what they're playing. Either would work. Both do not. I would prefer thrash, of course, but if they focused only on the death metal, they'd get something really wicked that way too.

Oh yeah, one more thing. That poem (end of track 3) sucks. That is all.