|Review: Gaijin - The Demo|
Year released: 2009
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: October 16, 2009
Reviewed by: Tony Augsburg
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
Gaijin is a band from London, England. From a country that has produced many legendary bands, no need to roll off names. They are a band that plays a style of Death Metal that has a nice touch of the old school and a slight progressive edge to it. As an enthusiast of Death Metal I have listened to many bands old and new, and if I were to say what era Gaijin fit into it would probably be on the tail end of the old school time. It's hard to say what is so special about the songs that are on the demo, one of which is an acoustic intro.
What I really like about the band is how the riffs really mesh well with everything else. The vocals are very high in the mix – they aren't bad or anything but what you want to listen to are the guitars. The tone just grabs you; at times it tends to remind me of older Bolt Thrower or Barnes-era Cannibal Corpse. With the progressive edge added into the music we get soulful short solos that make it feel as if the music has emotion. There are certainly moments that you can pump your fist to as well as break your neck headbanging. What really helps the guitars the most are the drums and production. Effective use of double bass and the appropriate time for blast beats and fills makes the rhythm flow. The production is thick and a bit muddy giving it a gritty sound that works well. Every song does have its own little identity. The acoustic tracks sets the mood for a slower album to mellow out to, Gaijin show their skills of songwriting that manage to do that while giving us catchy and at times crushing riffs.
I really look forward to a full-length album. The band appears to have loads of potential that will surely translate well into a longer release. I can only hope that they keep the dark, deep tone of the production because it bodes well for their style. Gaijin is definitely a band to look out for, I cannot really put them in an exact category with bands that are around today. I say that's a good thing.
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