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Malstrom
Demo 2003
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2003
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 12/5/2003
Tons of NwOBHM stylings
These guys play some pretty odd traditional metal. This new EP features tons of NwOBHM stylings, you know...twin guitar, melody, quick timing changes, precise skin bashing...but the vocalist isn't like Bruce. He's certainly not like Rob. He's not even like...well..a clean singer. He sort of just shouts whatever he is saying on this release.

Its pretty odd stuff if you think about it. The music hits me just fine, with my heart deeply suited to this traditional sound. But these vocals are just shouted one step away from hardcore, leaning heavily to the Dismember rumblings of old, or even venturing into valleys of Crowbar and Messiah AD. Not much really happening at the mike here. Lets talk about the songs...

Opener "Empty Sky" suits up nicely, with new wave sensations and a nice pattern of rythmic pounding. You know how I feel about the vocals so we will move past that. Next track "Into The Malstrom" plunges on like Maiden meets bad vocals (sorry I just can't let it go). This is pretty decent fare here musically, with plenty of good harmony to soothe the listener. "Horrorshow" kicks off with a nice little acoustic medley and frolics on with a heavy hit of Gothenburg themed malice. Nothing much I can really say here, just alot of bad vocals. "The Killingfield" ends this EP with more great guitar playing and a thrash groove that seems to make this track the best of the bunch.

Needless to say this band needs a serious overhaul, mainly in the vocal department. I'm wondering if the production might help his pipes a little. Why continue with this vocalist? Please guys, lets take the listener into effect when creating this stuff.

1. Empty Sky
2. Into The Maelstrom
3. Horrorshow
4. The Killingfield
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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