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Review: Anoxia - Manufacturing the End
Manufacturing the End

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 20:26
Tracks: 6
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 5, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Manufacturing the End

Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)

Well, this was a completely unexpected blast from start to finish. In my journey through the world of metal, I'd previously come across the US Death Metal band Anoxia, but was blissfully unaware of the UK one. After checking out both, I'd definitely say these guys get the nod in the 'world's best Anoxia' competition.

Forming in 2006 after hooking up on online advertisements, these guys (and gal - Marriane Hayes the vocalist has a better grunting and growling range than any other female I've heard before), decided to put together a Death Metal band, citing the likes of Carcass, Grave and Napalm Death amongst their influences. You can certainly hear touches from these classic bands in their sound, as well as the likes of Obituary and the odd slices of early Death in the odd riff here and there. Yes, this is old school Death Metal all the way, trading in the technical guitar wankery and drum triggers for a tsunami-like sluice of visceral bile and a raging, inexorable love for traditional Death Metal purity. Pounding riffs, guttural howls and teeth-cracking drum work all moulds together for an overall feeling of evil earthiness which is quite a rare occurrence to come across these days of sterile productions and inhuman guitar work.

So, all in all this was well worth a good few spins alongside a number of nice cans of your favorite beer. With all the obese riffs flying around on this EP, I just couldn't help spilling some of the aforementioned tipple after some reflex head-banging and unintentional throwing of horns. Good shit.

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