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Review: Hemoptysis - Who Needs A Shepherd?
Who Needs A Shepherd?

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Tracks: 5
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: April 9, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (8 Votes)

This is touted as an EP, but is pretty much a demo put out by this band from Arizona who say they are ‘bringing the future of metal'. Well, I don't know about that. Hemoptysis are avowedly influenced by old-school Thrash and Swedish Death Metal and you can clearly hear it. Their riffs are very Thrash, and the vocals of guitarist Masaki Murashita are much more deathy. I have to say I don't like the vocals, as they have a kind of ‘coreish yapping sound that turns me off. I don't know, I can tell this band is trying hard, but this disc just doesn't do anything for me. Their riffs are memorable mostly by virtue of irritating me, and the first two songs are obviously intended to appeal to a wider audience with stripped-down arrangements and simplistic riffs. The last three songs are much better, but still not that great. I always try to give underground bands a chance, but this leaves me cold.

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