|Review: Adramelech - Terror Of Thousand Faces|
|Terror Of Thousand Faces|
Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2005
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: November 14, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Terror Of Thousand Faces
Rated 4.3/5 (86%) (10 Votes)
I was expecting to be in for some brutal Death Metal, as this is the most common genre on the Xtreem Music label. Much to my surprise, this is more of a "standard" Death Metal offering. Only a minute into the first song I couldn't help but draw some parallels with Vader, and that remained true for the rest of the album. This is especially true of the guitars and vocals. That's not exactly surprising considering that the band was formed just a few years after Vader and they've stuck to a rather old school form of Death Metal and not given in to the more modern trends (such as speed for the sake of speed.) No, no, this is not a Vader clone, far from that, but there are similarities in the sound. There's no fancies here, no exceptional technical prowess, just straightforward old school Death Metal with a vocalist that doesn't feel the need to sound like he's puking to get his point across (much appreciated), some crushing guitar work that can be quite catchy at times, and drumming that is thankfully not overdone. Some over-the-top DM bands out there could learn a thing or two here. Fast and mid-paced songs help vary things enough so that this doesn't get boring either.
A good surprise considering I wasn't expecting to like this at all. If anything, it's a shame that it's on the short side, clocking in at only a little over 29 minutes. But I guess that's better than having a few fillers just to make it longer. Fans of wankery-free old school Death Metal may be interested in this. Note of interest: The album was recorded in 2002 but only released in 2005.
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