This album isn't far from perfect..
That first statement cannot be stressed enough! This album is fucking incredible and has been played at least once a day since its release. Allow me to tell you what yours truly was told just before hearing this, "It sounds like a mix between Sepultura's Beneath the Remains, and Slayer's Hell Awaits". How much more convincing would anyone need? Well let's try this, I also hear clear influences of Kreator's Pleasure to Kill album in this evil bastard as well. Be careful though, you may find yourself thinking about how worthless your life was after hearing this.
No intro track, no samples it just starting right away with furious hits that are fast as hell and goes straight into high speed ripping thrash! Immediately you can hear the influences of Slayer and Kreator at the very first riff. And by the time you reach the chorus you will be thinking Beneath the Remains! The screamingly awesome guitar riffs is what really makes this album but the guitar work in general is just incredible here. There solos are all have you picking up the air guitar and rewinding the track! It is little things like the lead/solo in the beginning of track 7, "Twelve Depths of Hades" that just make laugh at how well they have perfected their art. Specifically the dive-bomb the guitar does there that is really impressive. It is little things like that, that are so key in to what makes an album go from awesome to FUCKING LEGEN -wait for it- DARY! The dives are everywhere too, not overused, but enough to make all the guitar players cry. Choice riffage in the intro and bridge of Coven of the Minotaur at 1:45.
There is also something just the tone of the album, and really the guitar and vocal tone that really brings things together. The drums are incredible and aren't afraid to throw in a little something extra to stand out. The drums hardly slow down on here; that guy must have some serious stamina. It really stands out to me how he doubles up a lot of the ride and hi hat hits instead of just going back and forth with the snare. Things like that really add to the speed; not the tempo but the speed if that makes sense. And the vocals are a bit difficult to compare similarities to another bigger band, but he sounds like Max Cavalerra only a bit higher. So in short, brutal and thrashy as all hell!
This CD is a must have for every thrasher of the sort. And would be highly recommended for any fan of extreme music. What more convincing should you need beyond knowing this is a BtR and HA sounding monster?
Favorite Tracks: Cast Down To The Void, Coven of the Minotaur, Twelve Depths of Hades