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Sin
Audio Summoned Flesh

Company: Tower of Doom Records
Release: 2008
Genre: Progressive thrash
Reviewer: Hail and Kill

  • Sin's monster of a debut has something for everybody.



  • The next time you wonder how many bands from South East Asia you know, let Sin be the first name that's broadcasted inside your brain. For the majority of aspiring artists out there, releasing a first album is a milestone whose rewards are far less tangible than most investments. Oftentimes the material of your first try is unfocused, uninspired, and plain unprofessional; but not Sin.

    Because their opening salvo at a lasting legacy, one "Audio Summoned Flesh," is such a punishing Heavy Metal romp, your ears WILL be ringing once the last song "Regeneration" falls silent. Blessed by near-flawless production and the band's unique take on extreme metal--this weird mixture of the Progressive stuff and Thrash--the whole of "Audio Summoned Flesh" is so humongous, you're left in awe.

    Was that just two paragraphs of cheap praise? As hard as it is to believe, the band deserves it. They've stewed in their own scene for years, played in more dives than most others would endure, and carefully pieced together the material on this album for just as long. For Sin's homegrown fans, the anticipation was unbearable. What passes for a metal scene in the Philippines was abuzz for months.

    Now it's out and everyone who waited for its release enjoyed it. It's time you did too. Opener "Amorphosis" is Gothenburg Death Metal you wouldn't mind hearing over and over again, but the album only gets into gear at the hammering title track, which is relentless in its delivery of crushing riffs, harsh vocals, and melody. While some songs do run a tad long and uneasily twists here and there, the best "Audio Summoned Flesh" has to offer are "Burning Hour," the breathtaking instrumental "Deathillion 2" and the mathematically-tinged "Psychometric Equation."

    Packing hefty doses of classic guitar soloing, mind-bending grooves, a huge drum sound, and epic choruses, Sin's monster of a debut has something for everybody. Whether you ultimately like it or not is up to you.

    Now the next time you wonder if there are any good South East Asian Metal bands, think one word--Sin.



    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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    Hail and Kill3/27/2009


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