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Review: Shallow Grave - Legacy of Decay
Shallow Grave
Legacy of Decay

Label: Independent
Year released: 2003
Duration: 22:09
Tracks: 5
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 30, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Legacy of Decay

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

England's Shallow Grave play some straightforward Thrash metal with obvious roots in 80s Thrash, but with a more modern, somewhat polished sound ("clean Thrash"?) The vocals and sound are kept clean enough that their material will cater as much to fans of more traditional heavy metal and also to those who don't expect their Thrash to be too... well... Thrashy. :) Legacy of Decay is filled with machine gun-esque riffs, with slower parts quite reminescent of classic Kreator, and Slayer circa 1990. Vocally this sounds a bit like a mix of Destruction and Slayer. Shallow Grave have found a good balance in bringing a modern edge to the Thrash sound without going for the ruff-ruff or even sometimes hardcore-ish vocals that some of today's "Thrash" bands use, and to me that's a strong point that plays in this band's favour. Legacy of Decay is not really a release that'll floor you, but it'll make you smile and nod in agreement, just before you start headbanging until the end. Now we just need a full-length release to see what these guys really are capable of. Check 'em out.

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