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A Modern Swedish Groover - 70%

Shirt_Guy, February 23rd, 2009

In the world of metal, genre definition is key. It’s not like back in the good old days where heavy + screaming = metal, now you need a reference point. Does it sound like some other metal? Well, sometimes people still can get away with screaming and heavy guitars if they have long hair, but that’s besides the point.

Now it’s easy to point to some of the slower, hold-em-down chords over blast beats akin to Behemoth, as well as a few Morbid Angel like chugs, and a little bit of old-school European buzzes and claim that this is death metal. “Dead Harvest” has some death metal elements, but for the most part this is a metallic breakdown-heavy groovin’ album that’s not quite groove metal. In fact some of the groove parts are more akin to modern melodic death metal (mostly in the guitar department), similar to the rhythm guitar portions from Soilwork or In Flames. It’s strange, as when you crank up the distortion, throw rougher European vocals on top and support those riffs with faster double-bass beats or constant chinese cymbal smashing, the overall effect is much heavier.

The concept is nice, though not as original as it might seem, as many of the cool bits and pieces that This Ending have pulled together on “Dead Harvest” aren’t quite pure inspiration, but they do fit together.

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