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Review: Saratan - The Cult of Vermin
The Cult of Vermin

Label: My Kingdom Music
Year released: 2007
Duration: 37:54
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: June 20, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Cult of Vermin

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)

Poland's Saratan have been around since 2003, and this is their first full-length.  This is what I would qualify as "light/Modern Thrash".  The influences of yore can be heard here and there - mostly mid to late 80s Metallica and Slayer, but the style is much more modern and not as in-your-face as their influences.  After several listens I still can't get used to the vocals - a bit too overpowering, often relegating the instruments to the background, and while not core-ish, they almost get there at times.  Decent, but nothing to write home about (although the singer does have his moments, so it would be more of a matter of nailing the right vocal style for this music.)  Musically this is more interesting - lots of variety, from quiet acoustic periods, to doomy passages, some cool intros and then, of course, some heavy and sharp riffage which varies quite a bit in speed.  The guitar solos won't wow the solo freaks among us, but I found them to be amazingly well placed in the songs here: You can just feel them coming, it's a natural course of events.

The Cult of Vermin is a good introduction to this band due to its musical variety which showcases the band's versatility. The album sounds a bit flat, which hurts the delivery of the music, unfortunately. And if the could just put the vocals at their place, with a more appropriate tone that doesn't clash too much with the music, this is a band that we could hear more from in the future.

Track Listing:
  1. Future Is Grim
  2. Path Of Mistakes
  3. Lynch Law
  4. Eclipse
  5. Illnes We Preach
  6. Never Conform
  7. Satanic Verses
  8. Serve The Death
  9. In The Mists Of Time
  10. Cancer Of The Earth
  11. Vermin
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