|Review: Subcyde - Subcyde|
Label: Last Entertainment Productions
Year released: 2007
Review online: April 29, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Stockholm death thrash merchants Subcyde actually formed in 1997 from the ashes of a punk band, although thankfully, no traces of punk can be found in this debut album, which has finally been released a whole decade after forming.
Subcyde take the thrashy edge of newer Testament and Exodus, with spatters of speed ridden death metal passages as well as some unfortunate touches of that 'groove' thing that Pantera waved around like a shit-coated stick in the middle 90's. Although the band do manage to get some real killer riffs flowing from time to time throughout the album, they're let down by the almost Pro-Pain-esque hard man boneheadery which stinks up around half of the album (well, unless you happen to have a fat tattooed neck, shaven head, and a permanent 'tough guy' gurn I suppose. Either that, or you're a member of Crowbar). There's a few Carnal Forge/Haunted/Corporation 187-isms throughout the album (delete to taste), which is helped made further noticeable by the bone-crunching production, and aggressive gravel throated vocals, but again the groove element really knocks a fair part of this album toward average as soon as you realize that quite a few of the better riffs are more often than not followed by a dull as shite meathead-by-numbers chug riff like something Pissing Razors would kick out on a regular basis. There are a couple of exceptions to this rule however, with 'Sacred Scars' in particular sounding very much like a Kreator track, with bluesy solos and gentle acoustic sections placed neatly in the mix for an overall sterling track.
Chuggy, thrashy but with an almost unhealthy dose of sub-Hatebreed like riffery, this is a good enough release for what it is, but it's not going to see a huge amount of re-spins in the foreseeable future. For my tastes, Subcyde just try to please everyone and struggle to really achieve much for fans of any genre.
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