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Polterchrist- Engulfed By The Swarm - Season of Mist: 2004 Reviewed by Axeman

Track Listing
01. Alone
02. The Sun Will Burn Black
03. Terminal
04. Lies... Pain... Hate
05. The Art Of Ferocity
06. Here We Lie
07. Engulfed By The Swarm
08. Desolate Paradise
09. The Battle
With so many extreme metal bands out there these days it is becoming commonplace for groups to meld an array of styles together to keep us listeners guessing. Philadelphia's POLTERCHRIST ride the blackened/death fence, but throw so many twists and turns in there that it certainly kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire disc. From power ballad intros to skull bashing ferocity, moments of clarity, doom and even catchy, melodic thrash...you soon realize this band leaves no stone unturned on this neck snapping release. "Engulfed By The Swarm" is not your show-stopping, mind numbing, technical metal that drops your jaw to the floor, yet I found myself enjoying this quite a bit none-the-less. It's not an easy feat to blend so many styles, vocals and tempo-shifts together and keep it listenable. The consensus of the nay-sayers is that this band has no concrete direction in their music. That is the exact quality that helps POLTERCHRIST stick out in a pack of groups that play with the same-sounding redundancy of the next guy. Pick up POLTERCHRIST and start thinking outside the box.

Bottom Line: Fasten your seat-belts...you're in for a wild ride!!!

--Axeman 11.04.04
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
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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2004
Axeman11/4/2004


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