|Review: Fear Thy Name - Riding The Chariots Of War|
|Riding The Chariots Of War|
Year released: 2005
Review online: March 24, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Riding The Chariots Of War
Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (3 Votes)
Fear Thy Name are a Portugese band who seem to be slowly edging towards releasing a full CD, as this disc is called a 'Promo' rather than just a 'demo'. They have managed to generate some buzz before, and I can see the reasons why in this fine little disc.
FTN call themselves Blackened Death/Thrash or whatever – they are one of the new wave of bands who mix in Death heaviness, Black vocals and attitude, and add keys for an epic feel. Not too far from the sound of Mid-period Dimmu, really. FTN crank out good riffs, and they have a really good production job here. The playing is sharp, and in fact my only complaints are that the keys are too prominent, and don't seem to be needed, and that the band does have a tendency to go on too long. I mean, the title track has a good riff, but by the end it gets kind of overused.
So this is certainly worth picking up if you are a fan of Dimmu Borgir, Opera IX, Ninnghizzidda, or other bands that add a melodic edge to their extreme metal. Fear Thy Name may not be breaking any new ground really, but they do what they do very well, and are more than deserving of an actual recording contract so they can release a full-length album at last.
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