"Peer Prescribed Suicide" (Self-produced; 2005)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Hailing from Colorado, the metal outfit Do Unto Others has released their debut EP "Peer Prescribed Suicide" after the typical upheavals suffered by new bands looking to achieve balance within their ranks.

If I had to describe the band on quick notice I'd say you could start with Burn The Priest (pre-Lamb Of God) and add some classic death metal riffing, modern metal that has survived the nu-metal tag (think Deftones at their heaviest), and the more groove-oriented elements of today's metalcore sound. And none of it is so extreme as to turn everyone off.

It's always hard to judge a band after only hearing five songs (and in the case of "Peer Prescribed Suicide" it is more like four songs and one atmospheric piece). The first three songs ("Hatefelt," "Nave," and "Armed And Hammered") are certainly heavy enough with plenty of catchy riffs and dynamic changes. However, I get the sense that these three songs and the band would be better served if these songs were shorter in length for maximum impact. "Deadbeat" serves as the atmospheric piece mentioned earlier which at least provides some insight as to the value of the sampler/DJ in the band the samples are not rap-metal or industrial in nature, but rather a supporting feature that gives the band some unique 'colors' in the songs. The EP ends with the blistering track "Peer Prescribed Suicide" that really shows what the band can do in a reasonable time-frame.

"Peer Prescribed Suicide" is a good start from a band that has seemingly been under the radar. I can certainly envision Do Unto Others growing in popularity on an ever-expanding regional basis. Predicting national and international popularity is typically a worthless exercise given the vagaries of the music buying public and the long-odds against financial success, but Do Unto Others probably have better than average odds of making success in the music biz a reality for them.

"Peer Prescribed Suicide" is available for free from the band via the band's website (see below).

"Peer Prescribed Suicide" was produced by Do Unto Others. The album has a loud, punishing sound not often heard on independent releases without a veteran producer behind the board.

Do Unto Others: Dylan Pointer on vocals, Ryan DeHart on guitar, Jeff Niedens on bass, Nick Welch on samples, and Ben Magina on drums.

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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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