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Excellent album - 95%

natrix, November 30th, 2003

This album is probably my favorite work of Mental Home, even though all their output (except some of the weird parts off of Upon the Shores of Inner Seas) is top notch. I feel that the production really works in favor of the band here, fully binging the darkness and depression of the songs to a new level. Sure, it's not a very clear production, but who cares? The guitars are really prominent in the mix, and they often remind me of "Malleus Maleficarum"-era Pestilence, especially their thrashy sound. Throw in a few keyboards and dark sections with really tasteful guitar solos and you've got a winning formula. I don't know if this is still available, but if you're into really dark metal and Pestilence, you should definatly get a copy of this. It rules! Two of the bonus tracks sound like "Schizophrenia"-era Sepultura and don't really have anything to do with the rest of the songs, but they're interesting.

Here's something hard to find: Kruiz worship! - 65%

UltraBoris, August 21st, 2002

Well, not really - but in some places the similarity is quite striking. Here is a pretty interesting demo that combines power, speed, and thrash metal. It's difficult to categorise as all the songs sound pretty different from one another.

1672 Inquisition is pretty much straight up speed metal. If you've ever heard Kruiz's "It Has Arrived", you'll immediately recognise the similarity. "In Dream" continues with more of the same at times, while it also has some weird interludes... kinda going between heavy and light stuff alternating.

"My Final Words" has some monster thrash riffs, reminiscent of Overkill "The Years of Decay" at times. Pretty decent. "Expiration" is possibly the best song on here - very nice power/thrash, not quite as fast as some of the others, but the riff work is pretty damn good.

"Funeral Service" starts off with a little intro, before moving into a riff that sounds like something Dave Mustaine would create, before going into a midpaced doomish power metal track, something that Candlemass could've done. "Out of Picture" is more speed metal, with some great riffs that definitely have the "Kruiz 1" album vibe to them. There aren't nearly as much solos, but the riffs are pretty similar, including some more thrashy riffs in the middle, similar to the Kruiz song "Possessed".

"Cemetery Gates" is more melodic power metal, with far more lead guitar, and "Keep Silence" is a slower, more bludgeoning number with some faster parts, to close out the album.

Quite an interesting album. Oh yes, being a demo, the production isn't all that great, and if you don't like Russian accents, stay away! Otherwise - go find it! (You can download it in entirety from here: ftp://ftp.glasnet.ru/users/maiden/mentalhome/94/ )