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Of Graves And Gods - Slit Throat Andromeda - 2006 - Candlelight Records

Track Listing
1. Slit Throat Andromeda
2. Scars Make Memories
3. In Our Dying Ashes
4. Heavens Death
5. Tossed Out And Torched
6. That Which Comes Between Part I
7. That Which Comes Between Part II
8. Kryie
9. Internal Holocaust
10. The Aftermath Of
11. When Everyone You Love Is Dead
Of Graves And Gods is a brand new band out of New Mexico. The group release their debut album for Candlelight Records entitled "Slit Throat Andromeda", a heavy handed New Wave Of American Heavy Metal effort that doesn't do a whole lot in terms of innovation or originality. However the album has plenty of huge stomp riffs, groove oriented structures, and occasionally some dynamic and virtuoso guitar riffing. Tracks like "In Our Dying Ashes" and "Scars Make Memories" are obvious fist shakers, proving point blank that this band is about pounding metal for the metalcore enthusiast. Backed by fantastic production from Pissing Razors' Eddy Garcia, "Slit Throat Andromeda" will find plenty of listeners and will probably continue the touring trek with bands like Bleeding Through, Martyr AD, and Lamb Of God. However for me, personally, this type of record just comes across as a bit immature.



--EC 03.01.06
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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.
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2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
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