Company: Transcend Media Group Release: 2008 Genre: Thrash Reviewer: Hail and Kill
Kills from start to finish
There are some great bands out there that everyone seems to miss. Such is the sorry plight of The More I See and their smashing sophomore effort "The Unholy Feast." Hailing from a place called Peterborough, this British quintet have enough brain melting riffs and ripping melodies between the five of them to earn their band some badly needed raves. It staggers the imagination to think that even if "The Unholy Feast" has been out since the middle of last year and was strongly endorsed by Metal Hammer (free copies of the album on their May 2008 issue), why aren't these lads on everyone's lips?
Kicking off with an opener reminiscent of Iced Earth's "Burning Times" and Testament, "What Is The Worse Than The Truth" almost never made it on the album (read guitarist Gav King's interview here at Maximum Metal) but sounds destined to become the band's calling card. Memorable, heavy, with a chorus that sticks to your brain, it rightfully belongs at the encore of every The More I See show. God knows how many guitar solos are crammed inside its five-minute length, which rocks hard as granite. Snapping at its heels and burning from the first note onward is the equally satisfying "Ratcatcher." The title track is an epic monster whose appeal is no different from other similar gems like "The Siege Is On," "Soul on Auction," and "Forbidden." The band also chooses to balance the bombast with the more straightforward tunes "Fear of Death," "Bloodline," and the neck breaking "Igniting the Flame." There's even a token ballad here called "Empty." It's actually not a ballad, just slower and more contemplative than the rest. It's a nice transition for the return to the heavy stuff in "Decadence Within."
Being the well-rounded musicians they are, The More I See play tight and one of their biggest strengths, aside from axeman Gizz Butt's humongous contribution to every aspect of the album, is Chad Sutherland's vocal style. The man doesn't wail or grunt in the same fashion of your average metalcore singer, his vocals are clear and full of grit, a style that fits his band's sound perfectly. With nary a weak song or filler, "The Unholy Feast" should be in a lot of people's favorites lists right now.
Jam-packed with dueling guitars, flamboyant solos, giant riffs, and crystal clear production, after listening to "The Unholy Feast" you would wish The More I See find a bigger audience and scene for the music they play. Their stuff just kills from start to finish.
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