|Review: TME - Worlds Collide|
Label: Aphotic Records
Year released: 2007
Review online: April 7, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
Well, here we have the upcoming debut release of a new band, on a new label… with some old faces. TME features no less than three members of Vintersorg, who alongside vocalist/guitarist Andreas Stenlund are here to pound you into dust with their Swedish metal mayhem. With that said, the music served up on this platter is a far cry from the sound created by the proggy/folk inspired metal created by the Vintersorg guys, and although it's touted as straight thrash by the label, I'd say it's more of a combination of death and thrash, similar to say Carnal Forge, or Dew Scented (albeit without the meh-talcore vocals).
Chuggy and relying heavily on rhythmic structures, while occasionally managing to be brutal enough to make those who have to add yogurt into their currys hide quivering under the nearest table, TME are certainly a tasty prospect, and hotter than any variety of the aforementioned dish. Technical and thrashy riffs peel over each other, occasionally giving nods toward latter day Exodus with a harsher Swedish death metal edge, while the accompanying death metal paint stripper vocals scream out in obstinate cadenced refrains, attempting to drown out the relenting intertwined bass and drumwork which insistently snaps and bites at the heels of the listener for the album's duration. In fact, on the odd occasion, I'm even reminded of some of Sweden's more smoking melo-black/death bands, with sporadic Mork Gryning-esque arrangements, or Lord Belial-isms filtering through in the speedier sections.
All in all, this is pretty killer for a first release, and I in particular will be certainly interested to see what they can come up with next. Worlds Collide is a new high in the world of aggressive, angry and downright thrashy death metal. Now… if only I could find out what TME is actually an abbreviation for…
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