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Review: Psalm - Manifest

Label: Genet Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 24:36
Tracks: 6
Genre: Death/Black

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: July 20, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

From what I've read, Belgians Psalm started as a metalcore band, but with the release of this EP they're changing directions, leaving that stuff behind and going into a Death/Black direction.  Indeed, there are no traces of metalcore left here.  So what are Psalm bringing to the genre?  Well, not all that much, if not just another band.  Nothing innovative here, but it's good overall.  The vocals are a blend of Death Metal growls and Black Metal rasps, sometimes whispered, creating a good ghostly/creepy effect. There are even some clean vocals on the first and last songs, which quickly morph back into Death/Black styles.  From the guitars to the drums, most of what you expect from Death Metal is there, from squealing guitars to clickety drums - amazingly not annoying - and thankfully some blast beats but not a never-ending barrage.  There are also some Thrash elements here and there, some complete passages in there could pass as Thrash if it were only for the guitar work.

Manifest is nothing groundbreaking, but it's a good slab of mid-paced Death/Black that's well played and showcases enough variety in its short length to keep the listener interested.  Those into the brutal side of things might want to pass, but if you're into the more sober and lightly experimental type of Death/Black, there might be something here for you.

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