"By the Means of Violence" (Metalhit.com; 2009)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

This band's debut EP is a dose of classic thrash, old-style death metal and more recent hard core influences. So while there may not be a lot of new ideas and not everything works, the effort is certainly there.

The rhythms are heavy and the band does a fine job of varying the guitar tones enough to keep it interesting. The drums range from serviceable to downright massive when called upon.

The most original part of the band is probably the vocals as they include guttural gurgling, dry-throated screams, deep squeals and combinations of the above. They don't always work 100% because not every part goes with the rest of the song. However, there is certainly a power to most of the vocals and when it does work it adds an extra dimension to the music.

I was pleased when the band hit with numerous brutal attacks. When they hit their stride they could normally maintain their aggressive approach throughout the song. The only problem they run into is that they occasionally sound spastic and when they happens they just seem to be stumbling along. It doesn't happen too often, but it's certainly something they could stand to eliminate.

"By the Means of Violence" is far from perfect, but no doubt that this is a promising start for this band.

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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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