|Review: Fear Thy Name - I-The Awakening|
Year released: 2002
Review online: December 7, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
Now here's something interesting, right out of Portugal. Fear Thy Name plays a mix of Thrash, death and Black metal (make that melodic), not without reminding me of the excellent Wizzard (the Finnish band, not the German power metallers Wizard.) The vocals are a bit like a cross between the Wizzard and Desaster singers, aggressive and very raw, yet with a slight melodic touch. There's a little use of synths that's just right, not overdone and that actual helps with the overall atmosphere.
This is a demo MCD (in fact a very nicely done CD-R - and the front and back cover look very professional) with 5 tracks, two of which are an instrumental intro and outro. At first I wasn't too crazy about those, especially on a demo that's under 15 minutes, but after a few listens I realised it gave some kind of an epic feel to the whole thing. The sound quality is good enough that you don't notice you're listening to a demo - except of course for the short length. And this last point if pretty much the only negative thing I can say about the demo: It's short and I'm craving for more. Hopefully these guys will release a full-length with similar good quality material very soon. Highly recommended. Check them out on mp3.com.
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