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Review: Savage Annihilation - Soumises à la procréation
Savage Annihilation
Soumises à la procréation

Label: XenoKorp
Year released: 2020
Duration: 22:38
Tracks: 6
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: December 28, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Soumises à la procréation

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

This EP from French death metallers Savage Annihilation contains three tracks that are a continuation of their 2017 album, Quand s'abaisse la croix du blasphème, as well as a tribute to Slayer's Jeff Hanneman and covers of Deicide's "When Satan Rules His World" and Helloween's "Savage".

The band's branch of death metal is fast and abrasive old-school that should please fans of the New York and Florida scenes. It's a full, relentless sound that doesn't leave any room to breathe and has that "I just got run over by a train" feeling. The band's lyrics are in French, though on the first three songs you have to listen very closely to hear the lyrics well enough.

The Hanneman tribute is in English and here the vocals are less growly and it's easier to understand most of the lyrics, and one cannot ignore their clever use of several of Slayer's song names in the lyrics. The style is also vastly different from the first three songs as here they're really paying tribute by adopting a style very close to early Slayer, so it's more on the extreme thrash side of things with a little foray into death metal.

The two covers are pretty cool and, of course, the Deicide track is more in line with what Savage Annihilation usually do. Helloween's "Savage" is certainly interesting to hear with a death metal delivery—I almost didn't recognize the song at first.

At less than 23 minutes, you'd expect Soumises à la procréation to go by quickly, but the music is so "busy" (in a good way) that you still feel like you just listened to a full-length album.

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