|Review: Awaiting Fear - Dead Inside|
Label: Noisehead Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: September 23, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
Relatively raw death metal in the vein of Obituary or Morbid Angel is on display with Awaiting Fear. There is definitely an old school approach to be found here highlighting the stripped down riffs that are present. The title track "Dead Inside" is one of the better ones to be found with its barrage of intense riffing. The songs have an abrasive approach that puts potency ahead of versatility. This leads to a very in your face approach that does not display an emphasis on the technical intricacies of death metal. It is sometimes effective for the band when they find a meaty riff and emphasize its power.
But with a really short album length, they don't really have quite enough time to incorporate many unique ideas into the mix and sometimes their music falls a bit flat. It doesn't become as generic as some death metal bands like Six Feet Under, but there isn't anything that excites the listener to the utmost extent. So the tracks meld together competently, but not enough sticks out from the pack to really pull the listener in. This is the sole factor that relegates this release to good status and prevents it from being excellent.
Expect a reasonable amount of fun to be had with Awaiting Fear regardless. They actually close the album with an excellent cover of "Cenotaph" from Bolt Thrower, which fits in nicely with the remainder of the material. It's a solid, if unspectacular, display of metal that has a lot of influences from the classics that it tries to bring to the forefront. Hopefully in the future we see the outfit pushing their style into more innovative directions.
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