"Invocation" (Prosthetic; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Germany’s Dew-Scented tone the death metal elements in their hybrid thrash metal sound down considerably on their eighth studio offering, "Invocation," opting for a streamlined thrash attack with chunks of confrontational hardcore and touches of slam metal.

This bruising 12-track affair boasts a vicious twin guitar assault laden in brutality that sounds like a cross between new school Exodus, As I Lay Dying, and The Haunted (“Condemnation,” Slaves of Content”) while solid slabs of bass and thunderous drums push the levels of intensity into the red (“A Critical Mass”).

While the disc’s intentionally relentless nature is admirable, it tends to get tedious at times, but the unit’s bursts of explosive velocity break up the monotony nicely while keeping the moshpit active.

As technical as a punch to the face with a bevy of sharp and tight fretwork and a steamroller-like disposition, Dew Scented present a durable album with the veteran’s by-the-book style and in-your-face attitude once again reigning supreme.

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"Incinerate" (Nuclear Blast; 2007)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

German quintet Dew-Scented have turned it up a few notches in the thrash metal department on the 13-track "Incinerate," (the veteran group’s seventh studio album) going so far as to have Kreator’s Mille Petrozza and Annihilator’s Jeff Waters guest on a few cuts to truly whip up the feeding frenzy. 

Breakneck rhythms, speed-induced guitar solos, and a genuine mean streak catapult “That’s Why I Despise You” and “The Fraud,” while “In the Arms of Misery” retains the relentless ruthlessness reserved for bands like The Crown and Exodus. 

While what you see is what you get with Dew-Scented, if you’re in the market for a seething thrash metal excursion that leans on the death metal tip, this is one to check out. 

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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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