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Review: Voorhees/Slave One - Disciples of the Machete
Slave One
Disciples of the Machete

Label: Crypt of Dr. Gore
Year released: 2024
Duration: 9:58
Tracks: 2
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: July 3, 2024
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

A short and sweet 2-track split from two French death metal bands here. Voorhees (love the Friday the 13th reference—what spells death better than good old Jason) really remind me of Vader with their song. It has that catchy repetitive guitar riff that gets the head banging and even the most amateur air-guitarist will grab the air guitar for this one. The vocals are also of a similar style as Vader. So it's rather thrashy with a good serving of melody and with some swirly solos that will shoot that earwax out of your ear drums. Slave One is quite different, which makes the split kind of an odd pairing, but then again, I see splits as a way to sample bands, and this one does that. More of a doom/death approach in terms of atmosphere, with a more ominous, much less straightforward music than that of Voorhees. This is more of a head-bobbing, slow headbanging type of death metal and there's nothing flashy or really catchy to be found in this song. Whereas Voorhees rock your socks off, Slave One are more of the mindfuck variety, with some quiet melodic moments popping up left and right, much like what progressive death metal bands tend to do. I personally prefer songs that rock my socks off, so I guess you could say that Voorhees win this round as far as I'm concerned, but that doesn't take anything away from Slave One who operate at a completely different level. A nice, short split if you can find it.

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