|Review: Eliminator - Eliminator (Demo)|
Year released: 2007
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: September 1, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)
Short demos are always difficult to review. Add a very lo-fi production (a band member told me this was recorded on an 8-track in his garage), and that Q-tips budget better be healthy. :) Eliminator is a recently formed thrash band hailing from New Jersey, and frankly I have a lot of difficulty comparing them to anything I've heard (so, either my memory suck - it does - or they're original, or probably a little of both.) Travel to the first half of the 80s - say Hellhammer and Venom meet KIMB-era Megadeth, along with some early Slayer to add some evil insanity. The vocals stand apart, kind of a soul-haunting style that just grabs you and makes you take notice, a mix of harsh and whispery thrash-meets-black style.
Musically... Well, I'm very much annoyed by the drumming, which overshadow just about everything else most of the time (and not in a good way.) It's a mix between a thunderstorm that just won't quit and a multi-car collision on the Autobahn. Sounds good? Yeah, it would be if not for the sound. I'm sure this is just a recording matter and it's a bit unfair to mention it but hell, it did annoy me on each and every listen. The guitars suffer from the muffled sound (plus the aforementioned overwhelming drum sound), but when they do break through, the listener gets treated to some interesting riffage and a couple of demonic solos. I can't wait to hear these guys playing on a more decent recording.
If you're into raw and dirty thrash, Eliminator are worth looking into. If you're more into the cleaner thrash variety, well, maybe waiting for a better recording is advisable - and even then Eliminator may be a little too extreme for some listeners. The band will soon be recording an EP with the proper means (and a sick production, I'm told), so I'll hold until then before giving these guys a rating - there's too much hidden behind that muffled sound for me to be comfortable putting a number on this for now.
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