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Review: Guillotine - Off With Their Heads
Guillotine
www.guillotinemetal.com
Off With Their Heads

Label: Independent
Year released: 2005
Duration: 49:17
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 27, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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This is a self-produced debut for this band from Virginia, who posed for their band photo in front of a Civil War battlefield gate that says 'Confederate Dead', which I mention because I think that would be an even better name for a band. Guillotine ain't bad though.

The band lists themselves as 'Power/Thrash', and actually they are hard to quite classify. They have a catchy, riff-intensive style that is mostly derived from classic metal or Thrash, but they have a harsh, death-style vocalist. So I guess this would be most similar to Thrash, except they don't really play that fast. I really like the riffs on this album, as they have a very catchy approach, and the songs are headbangable and memorable. The leadwork is actually pretty good too. The guitar tone, as would be expected from music that was recorded in somebody's living room, is pretty primitive, but overall the production is not too bad. One thing Guillotine need to do is mix things up a bit. I like the music on here, but these songs tend to sound a lot alike, even to the point of being in the same key a lot. Also, they are all at more or less the same speed - a sort of 'rocking' mid-pace. You would expect a song called "Berserker" to really rip your face off with speed, but it's the same as the others. I kept waiting for these guys to pick up speed and really kick my ass, but the album as a whole is kind of homogenous, and lacks vitality as a result.

Now I understand these guys are looking for a new vocalist who can actually sing, and if they get one they could turn into a pretty cool straight-up Heavy Metal band, as they have the riffs down cold. If they could vary their songwriting just a little and get a singer with some chops, we could have a really cool band in the Skullview/Sacred Oath vein, and that's a good thing to contemplate. Guillotine are a good band, and they have the stuff to be more than good, just as soon as they decide where they want to take it.


Track Listing:
  1. Through The Fire
  2. Berserker
  3. What Lies Beyond
  4. Black Death
  5. Crimson Chaos
  6. A Red Sky Rises (Instrumental)
  7. The Savage
  8. Off With Their Heads
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