"Amber: Skeletal Journeys Through The Void" (Noisehead; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Nine tracks of crunchy death metal chock full of dive bombs and guttural vocals, "Amber: Skeletal Journeys Through the Void" is the veteran band Darkside's latest release.

This German quintet intertwine spoken word samples and intense musical interludes with punishing twin guitar riffs on cuts like "The Burning" and "Devilery," while "Myth of Reason" pummels with double bass drums galore and a driving mid tempo rhythm. 

Keeping an evil allure, tracks like "Architects of Modern Atheism" maintain that special relationship with the man downstairs and "Solitary Confinement" evokes Deicide and Slayer at their most sinister. 

This disc is a fine choice for the devout death metal fan who likes little deviation. 

For more information, check out http://www.darkside.co.at or http://www.myspace.com/darksidemetal

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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