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Review: Wayd - Ghostwalk

Label: Hrom Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 44:27
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: December 24, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)

Wayd are a Slovakian band who formed back in 1994, when Slovakian Thrashers Marion and Deathsters Dysentery melded into one symbiote. 'Ghostwalk' is their fourth full length album, where they attempt to kick out a strange style of Death Metal, one that I've not quite managed to get my head around after multiple spins.

This isn't terrible per se, but it fails to rise far above the levels of normality simply because they try to fit too much into one album via the dreaded 'experimental' word. Sticking the album on, and up until around half way through the second track, you'll be mildly impressed with their unique style, that is until the faint squeals of saxophone slip slowly to the forefront of the music, making you screw your nose up like you've just discovered that you've trodden in something soft, yellow and stinky and walked it all around your house. Had the band not felt the need to slip so much whimsical 'over egging' into this cake, 'Ghostwalk' would've probably gotten a good 4 mark, simply for being quite original in their musical style whilst somehow managing to combine the occasional 'Elements'-era Atheist styled parts, before turning all Primordial on me and blasting out some ballsy epic passages. But, thanks to the aforementioned sax-work, the sporadic bizarre 'lounge jazz' passages, unnecessary synthesizers and a completely awful re-mix track to cap the album off, they drop in my estimations.

It's a shame, as it's the equivalent of eating a delicious meal, before finding a grey pubic hair hidden under the final succulent slice of meat. So-so, but it could've been a lot better.

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