|Review: Killers Of Modern Agony - Releasing Aggression|
Year released: 2001
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: February 11, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)
This band is self-described as Thrash/speed metal. I guess I can say that's partly true. I'll start by getting something off my chest. The vocals. Make that the "screams". The vocalist uses the kind of screams that remind me of a lot of mallcore bands, or maybe hardcore would be a more appropriate comparison. That's not good. It's annoying, pointless and juvenile. There goes one point in the rating. Fortunately, the music mostly makes up for the vocal screw ups - unlike mallcore bands, they use more than 2-3 chords and some of the riffs are pretty good, the guitars sometime sounding like traditional metal with a dose of thrash metal, sometimes getting definitely more thrashy. There are occasionally some slower, ballad-like parts, pretty well-played too - the band plays pretty tight overall. Some parts remind me a little of RTL/MOP-era Metallica (musically ;)). There are a few good songs in there but too many are forgettable - in whole or in part. The best moments are the more instrumental ones (i.e. when there are no vocals) - fortunately there's quite a bit of that.
If you're looking for "complicated" compositions then this sure won't appeal to you - overall this is pretty straightforward stuff. Musically good, but would be so much better with real vocals rather than mindless overdone screams. Hell, it's to the point where this album would be better as an instrumental. PLEASE do something about the vocals.
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