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Review: Susperia - Vindication

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 44:26
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 26, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating

Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)

Susperia return to the scene after their blazing debut album simply crushed everything in its path. With the new album they continue in the same manner with more frenetic song structures and undeniably heavy music in general. I was very impressed with the debut and was thinking it would take a lot to overtake the brilliance of it with this follow-up. In some parts of this album it is every bit as good as the debut but at other times it just doesn't seem to reach the lofty expectations I was hoping for.

The same blackened thrash style they came up with on the debut is still the main focus and music in and of itself is still excellent the only problem I am having is with the vocals. There are parts where the vocals are tried to be done "clean" but it comes off as more annoying to me than anything else. Everything else about the album is just as good as the debut. The guitars are heavy riff driven with some damn cool melody lines and excellent leads. The drums are simply insane with not only the speed at times but also the complexity in the multiple time changes. The songs themselves are very well written with plenty of hooks that draw you in and aggression that scream to be played live for some killer pit action.

Overall a very worthy follow up (if you can get past the "clean" vocals) and well worth picking up. Any fan of their debut "Predominance" will certainly like this one as well. Fans of black, thrash and even death metal will find something of interest in this as well. Highly Recommended.

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