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Review: Nemesis RI - Sands of Time
Nemesis RI
Sands of Time

Label: Solitude Productions
Year released: 2022
Duration: 32:56
Tracks: 5
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: April 8, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Sands of Time

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

Sands of Time is a collection of five songs original recorded back in 1995 by Nemesis RI, a band out of the smallest of the United States, Rhode Island. They play thrashy heavy metal with a hint of the epic and the main thing that jumped out at me was how much early Metallica these guys seemed to have listened to. After a (far too) long spoken intro of George W. Bush speaking about the first Gulf War, the title track begins in earnest and the Metallica comparisons start. While the first track is "is in the style of" Metallica, the second track "Mirage" sounds like an amalgam of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "Disposable Heroes," with some riffs that will sound familiar to anyone acquainted with Ride the Lightning. The next couple of tracks are in the same vein, "Imprisoned With the Pharoahs" leaning hardest in the direction of epic, and they finish up with "Nemesis" and a writing style sliding over to Slayer territory in the guitar work and how the vocals are delivered. Nemesis RI play well and, though their songwriting is derivative, it isn’t bad, but certainly not amazing. I’m all for bands getting a second chance and if you’re a mid-80s thrash fan you might find something of worth here, but for most, its main defining characteristic is how much it sounds like stuff you’ve already heard.

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