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Review: Salute to the Sun - Destroying the Heavens
Salute to the Sun
Destroying the Heavens

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 18:20
Tracks: 5
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 20, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Destroying the Heavens

Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)

Every time I listen to this, I think "what a weird band name."  Not that this has much to do with the music.  These guys formed in 2003 and this is their first official release, which was preceded by a couple of demos.  Destroying the Heavens is Death Metal with a few hints of Thrash and even a little bit of Black Metal-ish guitar parts here and there.  Salute to the Sun's brand of Death Metal is not what one would consider "brutal", it's in fact pretty tame compared to most of what I typically hear in the genre.  This is mostly mid-paced, and not overly heavy save for a few passages.  The band does throw in quite a bit of melodic parts in there - not "fruity" melodic, but a very dark melodic style that gives this EP a gloomy atmosphere.  In that sense you could call this melodic Death Metal, but definitely not in the Gothenburg style - it's simply Death Metal with melody and sounds nothing like bands from that genre.  A couple of acoustic parts here and there sound quite fitting in the context of the EP, but sure will scare away fans of "pure" Death Metal.  The vocals are "dry" growls, not too guttural, more or less decipherable (that varies a little.)  The music is good, but the EP lacks some "punch" to kick your ass and make it memorable - it's good while it lasts, but it's not something that'll make you e-mail all your friends.  It could have used a more powerful sound. Nothing that can't be fixed though, and a good start for these guys.

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