|Review: Saruman - Ride on the Darkside|
|Ride on the Darkside|
Label: Blakk Attakk
Year released: 2002
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: January 18, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Ride on the Darkside
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
This is an interesting debut from a few years ago, and I don't really know if the follow-up album is anything like it at all. I would hope so, as this is a pretty cool CD with just enough originality to make it stand above the clutter.
Saruman play a pretty basic breed of Death Metal with more in common with the US school than the ol' Swedish crunch, though they do some of that too. The first cool thing is that these are some cool songs, with good riffs and headbanging rhythms that easily keep fist in air. The second cool thing is that they used a Cello to double with the guitars, and it adds a really interesting dash of melody and individuality to the sound. Now the Cello-chick Toja is no longer with the band, so maybe this is no longer part of their sound, but on this album it definitely raises the quality on some already good songs. The opener is just a melodic piano intro, but the rest of the album is pretty much one heavy stomper after another, even the Dimmu cover song, which sounds pretty good.
This is a bit scanty, as if you pare off the intro and the cover you have only 5 songs – so this is basically an EP. But even if the Cello was a gimmick, it worked, and elevates some already enjoyable Death Metal into something a bit different. Worth a look.
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