|Review: Sentinel Beast - Depths of Death|
|Depths of Death|
Label: Roadrunner Records
Year released: 1986
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: June 7, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:Depths of Death
Sometimes there is an album from a band that doesn't necessarily set the world on fire but shows enough potential to warrant a career. And with some experience that band can be great, but more often than not they produced just one record and never lived to show their full potential. Sentinel Beast are a classic example of that, as they were an obscure Thrash Metal band from California and this is their one and only album, Depths of Death. This record is full of compact and high energy-filled songs that can satisfy even the most demanding of fans.
There are a lot of qualities here that you want in a Thrash album: Speed, this is fast album especially for 1986. Solid riffs and guitar solos, this record has them by the spades and there is plenty of headbanging material. The songs are good enough - they may not be timeless classic but they are a whole lot of fun. The production is raw, but they did a solid job considering that they made it with probably a sub-par budget. However the thing that set this band apart from the rest are the "female" vocals of Debbie Gunn; she may be a woman but you won't know it by listening to this. I really thought that this was a man singing, proving that she has more balls than many other male singers.
This record is not perfect. For one it is way too short as it is barely under 35 minutes and the songs aren't very easy to distinguish from each other. However they add their own flavor (especially the speed) on the Iron Maiden cover and the end result is a fresh sounding record. Still you wonder what this band could have been had they released more albums. Such a shame but oh well, this is what we were dealt with and is a good one.
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