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Shatterpoint - Consequences - 2004 - Self-released

Track Listing
1. Pleasure The Pain
2. Crashing Down
3. Ended By Silence
4. Consequences
5. When I Die
6. No Man's Land
Canada has been the home to some godly thrash in the past, with bands like Anvil, Exciter, D.B.C., and Voivod. These bands were normally cutting edge, heavy, and to top it all off…just damn fun to listen to! While not as creative as of the bands of yore, Toronto’s Shatterpoint deliver a more updated version of thrash metal to a new generation of metalheads. Unfortunately, right now Shatterpoint’s recent EP "Consequences" falls a little short of being at the same level as these legends. Musically speaking, they remind me a lot of a lesser and more modernized version of Sacred Reich with the occasional growled out vocal parts. However, while not a bad band by any means at all, it’s just that they aren’t too interesting; nothing in particular stands out in any of the songs.

While the production is good for an underground release, it almost comes across as a little TOO clean and polished. I think that a rawer and grittier sound would definitely benefit this band greatly (think like Sadus or early Testament). While there are some decent solos and headbanging breakdowns, (i.e. “Pleasure the Pain,” and “Crashing Down”) there are some things on this EP that just don’t click with me.

First, I think the cleaner vocal style just doesn’t work with this band, some of the parts are passable, but vocalist Shane Drake’s range as a singer is rather limited. I honestly find his more growled out vocal patterns to be a whole lot more compelling within the music. Secondly, a lot of the songs suffer from being played at the same tempo, which definitely takes away from the intensity and energy. Another thing that doesn’t work is with the song “When I Die,” its definitely the weakest number on the album, it’s a monotonous tune that gives me an alternative metal feel to it (i.e. Godsmack). This song doesn’t do anything for me until the end, where they finally kick it into full thrash mode again with some decent death metal sounding vocal parts.

For a first release from a brand new band, this is a decent effort; but for the most part, "Consequences" is definitely a non-descript affair.

(6/10)

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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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ConsequencesShatterpoint
2004
Pandemonium553/23/2005


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Greg WrightShatterpointEric Compton9/15/2007


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