|Review: Sins of the Damned - Striking the Bell of Death|
|Striking the Bell of Death|
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2019
Review online: April 11, 2019
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Striking the Bell of Death
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
This band bills itself as "Speed Metal", but to my ears it sounds like some messy Thrash with a kick of blackened attitude. This band is mostly notable as being the place where former Battlerage drummer/mastermind Francisco Vera landed after Battlerage kind of disintegrated a few years ago. Being on Shadow Kingdom, I had a general idea what this would be like, and this definitely has an old-school kind of vibe. Sins of the Damned marry a fast, tremolo riff-style to harsh vocals for a sound not a million miles removed from bands like Desaster or Athor.
I like this album, but it's not really spectacular. The band plays a lot of riffs, and even if none of them are really A-grade, they are fun enough. The vocals are a standard kind of echoey rasp, and get the job done. All in all, this album is entertaining, but it's neither well written enough to really hook you, nor heavy and feral enough for that to not matter. A good debut, if not a great one.
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