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Review: Ebony Tears - Evil As Hell
Ebony Tears
Evil As Hell

Label: Century Media
Year released: 2001
Duration: 40:09
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 4, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Evil As Hell

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

This is the first thing I have ever heard from this band and I can easily say I am more than just a little impressed. I was expecting just another melodic death metal band strictly by looking at the cover as well the title being "Evil as Hell'. There are not many power metal bands with titles like that…:). What I got however was more than just a basic melodic death metal romp but more of an equal mixture of death and thrash metal. And all of it surrounded by some excellent songwriting.

This album has the melodic death in the speed and aggression but it comes more in the realm of thrash with its use of melodies and some pretty kick-ass breakdown sections. The musicianship is well above average with some killer riffs as well as some really excellent leads. The vocals remind me slightly of a heavier version of Tom Araya from Slayer and trust me when I say this is a good thing. The only complaint I would have with this album is that at times the snare drum has this annoying popping kind of sound. It's not all the way through the album but you will be easily be able to hear when it does happen. This is me really being picky however as I think the album is excellent as a whole.

I have heard and read quite a few derogatory comments about this album but to be honest I really don't understand why. I don't have any of this bands previous works so I cant really compare them to what they were like in the past but this album as a whole I found to be excellent. This should easily appeal to the fans if melodic death and thrash metal genres. Highly Recommended.

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