1/4/2006 - Review by: Eric Compton
Spellbound - Incoming Destiny - 2005 - Armageddon Music
The really big thing that stands out here is the magnificent production job from Andy Classen (Holy Moses, Tankard, Dew-Scented), who understands perfectly the type of sound this band needs. He grasps the thrash feel perfectly, with his skills probably the best in the business when it comes to high speed affairs. This is a much needed approach in today's "high-end" atmosphere, especially when these types of "underground" thrash groups are competing with big billed bands such as Exodus, Trivium, and Nuclear Assault. With that massive production job comes the sounds of Spellbound, who for the most part combine on the technical precision of Annihilator, the heaviness of Forbidden, and the German speed fests of Kreator and Destruction. I have always enjoyed this sound and Spellbound really take it to the next level. With "Incoming Destiny" the bands pulls out all the stops, exploding in mid to fast paced songs with smokin' leads and a furious drum sound. Vocalist Lennart Vocke sticks to the speed metal approach, really sort of digging into a raspy, high speed approach that is far more pleasant than today's standard hardcore shouts. Overall this is a bombastic debut and one that will propel the band into stardom within the metal community very, very soon. It worked for Perzonal War, and it will work for Spellbound.
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