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Review: Heretic Soul - Life Becomes Our Grave
Heretic Soul
Life Becomes Our Grave

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 23:43
Tracks: 6
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: December 28, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

"Life Becomes Our Grave" is a classic case of a release leaving the listener begging for more.  This demo is basically Death Metal, with some hints of Thrash and even a little bit of Black Metal-style atmosphere in the intro.  The vocals are mostly "shouted growls" which sound quite appropriate for the overall abrasive aggressiveness of the music.  Some of the best passages are the slowest parts, where the band successfully creates a dark, menacing, suspense-like haunting atmosphere, the kind of thing you usually hear more in Black Metal releases.  Some of the guitar riffs are more akin to slow pounding Thrash than to Death Metal, slowly building up speed to get into full DM mode, complete with faster, slightly more muddy guitars and blast beats.  They even managed to throw in a few quiet melodic moments in the middle of all of this, and managed not to make them sound out of place as a bonus.  There are quite a few passages where they use breaks a little too much - call it their "modern moments", and that's the only thing I found to be a let down (or at the very least, sounding out of place) on this demo.  "Life Becomes Our Grave" is an almost perfect mix of Death, Thrash and Black metal, a great blend of the basic elements of all three genres.

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