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Review: Master - Slaves to Society
Slaves to Society

Label: Twilight-Vertrieb Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 45:33
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 5, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Slaves to Society

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (10 Votes)

Master were one of the very first Death Metal bands back in the mid-80s.  Back then this wasn't my thing at all, and it's only a couple of years ago that I got to hear some of their stuff (the weirdly named Unreleased 1985 Album.)  Slaves to Society is not as raw and chaotic as that album, but it kicks some serious ass in its own way.  This is more of a Death/Thrash album, but on the more Death-ish side of things.  It took a couple of listens for this one to begin to sink in, but after that I was hooked.  The music is mostly fast-paced, but not played at the insane speed that some Death Metal bands play (which often results in an undecipherable aural barrage.)  Here Master have the US Death Metal riffage nailed right, but with a lighter, thrashier edge that's omnipresent and which gives most songs here a memorable sound.  The drumming is much appreciated, being inventive and diverse rather than just a speedy onslaught of meaningless blast beats.  The almost-perfect chemistry between the guitar and drum work is further enhanced by the vocals - not the usual Death Metal growl style, but rather a grinding, "screechy" rasp that is just decipherable enough that you can manage without a copy of the lyrics.  These vocals sound so dry (in a good way) that I feel like reaching for a glass of water every time I listen to this album.

Slaves to Society is overall a fast album that never gives the listener much of a breather, and who would want one anyway with this kind of quality Death/Thrash blasting out of the speakers.  Older bands that give in to trends or other modern gimmicks might want to take a lesson or two from Master - this is how you remain relevant as a band.

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