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Groovy, primitive black metal - 88%

Esteroth666, December 4th, 2018
Written based on this version: 2005, CD, Deathgasm Records

There are certain bands or releases that have nothing special to offer to the listener but there's always something that somehow makes it enjoyable enough to catch someone's attention. There's nothing complex here but rather simple, catchy, and groovy riffs with low, primitive sound quality. As stupid as it sounds that's exactly what makes this EP enjoyable.

This EP has only 5 tracks with a small variety of riffs and a slight amount of tempo changes. Each song sounds pretty similar to one another but the groove and the thrashy rhythms makes up for it. The onle tracks that really stand out on this album are: "Demonic Possession" and the title track "Total Devotion".

"Demonic Possession" kicks off with a groovy riff pretty similar to "Deathcrush" by Mayhem where as "Total Devotion" kicks off with a really fast paced riff; Fast-picked power chords and blast beats. Then in the middle they drop the tempo playing the exact same riff but at a slow pace then they pick it back up. The riff on this song is pretty obscure and eerie sounding compared to the others.

The guitar has a crispy sound but I find it pretty dull compared to the thick sound of the bass and drums. The guitar riffs are very simple but very groovy complimented by the bass which is very audible and alive in every song adding that thickness that the guitar is missing. The drums have a clean sound with thrashy rhythms and blast beats. The vocals are very harsh with a touch of reverb but nothing special. Despite the lack of variety on this EP the low quality sound and the groove makes it really enjoyable. If you're into primitive thrashy black metal then this is for you but don't expect anything special.

Total Devotion - 85%

Candehman, June 6th, 2007

I'm a huge fan of bands that know how to groove and this band does exactly that.

Despite the low production; this EP has an incredibly enjoyable sound. The production is very thick, best described as muddy. The bass, guitars and drums all compliment each other well in the mix. There are no layers here, just punky black metal with thrashy riffs and a ton of groove.

The five tracks on this EP do not stand out on their own but together are very enjoyable. The riffs from song to song are very similar but they make up for this by their groove and the feel of the production.

I would like to note that had this been an actual album and not just an EP that it would be rated in the low-mid 70s. This band has a very simple formula, and it works for five songs ~2:30 long, but it will not work for a full length.