|Review: Censored - System Disease|
Year released: 2003
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: June 18, 2003
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Albeit very scatterbrained, these three Swiss-ers show in their five track System Disease offering that if they pulled their act together they could pump out a few solid early 90’s style death metal releases. Ideas and influences are thrown in here and there in this patchwork release, taking major influence from the Florida scene and pre-Heartwork era Carcass death n’ grind. There is the good and the dull to be found here, but there are more than enough classic emulating moments to warrant a bit of attention.
The drums are top-notch and nicely diverse as opposed to flat out blasting straight through this short collection. Blastbeats are nice and all, but they can get old fast if the mood of the song doesn’t permit them and they have this way of shrouding the existence of any relevant riff work suffocating beneath.
Going back to the Carcass comparison, for the most part the vocals sound very similar as well, but can get very deep and broootal too, but there are a couple of times where they fall victim to some post-recording touch-ups which I usually don’t find too appealing.
Let’s hope censored don’t end up censoring themselves out into a generic and forgettable career, and vie to capture the feel and sound of the good ol’ days and drop some of the more modern and less appealing elements of death metal.
I’ll warn you now, if you are subject to seizures, suffer from epilepsy or whatever, I would close your eyes while the band’s website loads because the opening page spasms like there’s no tomorrow.
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