|Review: Dew-Scented - Incinerate|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2007
Review online: April 14, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 2/5 (40%) (5 Votes)
What does dew smell like anyway? Do they mean Mountain Dew, the drink? Who names their band after an air freshener anyway? These were some of the questions that came to mind upon discovering demented German death/thrashers Dew Scented upon hearing their fantastic 'Inwards' album 5 years ago. Well, not really, but someone might have. Anyway, that was already their fourth album, and now years down the line they're still kicking out the speedy thrash ridden-death metal like there's no tomorrow on this, their seventh album 'Incinerate' (the band deciding on their gimmick from the very off, naming each album with a word beginning with the letter 'I').
I've followed the band's career fairly closely since first checking them out, and they've always been pretty reliable for bringing good quality early Haunted-styled histrionics (with a tad more thrash, and less melody), and some killer Carnal Forge like brutality. When it comes to Dew Scented, no album is really worse or better than the previous, with only a few changes in pace here and there between albums, one release could quite easily be mistaken for the previous. At least you know what you're going to get I suppose, with their "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to song-writing being admirable, I reflect again to the fact that this is their seventh album, which screams to me if they were truly going to set the world on fire, they'd have already done so by now. The vocals do slip into a hardcore-ish swamp of turds occasionally on a couple of tracks, but that's the only real downpoint on a great, thrashy album. There's a few slightly more tremolo picked death metal oriented riffs compared to their previous releases here too, reminding of some of the more blistering tracks off of the last couple of Kreator albums (interestingly, Mille actually lends his voice to the track 'Retain the Scars').
Still, this is a fine album which, while not quite giving you that 'first time you heard Slayer' feeling (and let's face it, what does nowadays?), it is a pretty consistent release from a decent band who manage to produce good quality material time and time again.
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