|Review: Nightshaders - Rougayah's Revenge|
Year released: 2007
Review online: February 3, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
Forming in 1996, this Malaysian 5 piece formed as Nightshade (albeit with a different line-up) to jam out some of their favorite metal covers, only to fold two years later with only one demo to their name "Dead Rougayah". Eight years after disbanding, they decided to reform as Nightshaders in order to rekindle their metal flame, culminating in this self released demo "Rougayah's Revenge".
Whilst the songwriting and musicianship is of a good quality, the majority of the songs on offer have a tendency to drag on just a little too long for my liking, allowing your attention to wane. Opener "With Night We Rise" is probably the best track on offer, having a sharp deathly groove to it. The thick distorted guitars rhythmically chug away in front of pummeling drum work and harsh vocals, occasionally adding the odd Maiden-esque flourish of melody here and there to spice things up. However, it's the second track that the quality begins to decline from the music, fading the rest of the demo out of your memory pretty much as soon as it's finished. There's plenty of passion and energy, but not much in the way of penetrating riffery to slap you about the head unfortunately.
Even with the occasional riff sounding somewhat like an eastern Kreator or early Sepultura offcut, this is a pretty average affair in all honesty. It isn't likely to spark much interest even from the most hardened of fans thanks to the embarrassment of riches in the Death/Thrash scene, the majority of which outshine this sort of release with relative ease. Sure it's a demo, but there's plenty of room for improvement.
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