"The Trial" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

From the ashes of Milwaukee, WI-based death metal band Morta Skuld arises a new beast called 9mm Solution. Supposedly 9mm Solution's sound and style is entirely re-worked and is nothing like the death metal leanings of Morta Skuld. I've never heard Morta Skuld but it is safe to say that casual listeners would find it nearly impossible to hear 9mm Solution in any incarnation as a traditional death metal band.

There are six tracks on "The Trial." Like a cross between a death metal band and a modern metal band, 9mm Solution do a fine job mixing classic metal sounds with more updated metallic approaches. As a point of reference it is safe to say that the sound made popular by Fear Factory is predominate in 9mm Solution's music. Whether or not you think that is a good thing is entirely up to you to decide.

For some odd reason I hear a lot of Vision Of Disorder in 9mm Solution's style although a direct comparison would be foolish. Regardless, the songs are catchy and almost infectious without being a complete whore to current trends even though the band's music clearly would be competitive alongside what would be considered mainstream metal these days. Additionally, the vocals have incredible range for this particular style of music and could very well be a defining factor for the band in years to come.

There is plenty of evidence here to suggest that 9mm Solution are well on their way to securing a future for themselves as musicians. While I doubt the music-buying public into this particular style will be large enough to give the band stardom I think 9mm Solution have the basis for creating a signature sound that can be parlayed into a fruitful career.

"The Trial" was produced by Chris Djuricic (Jungle Rot). The production is great for an independent band.

9mm Solution is Habbes Caltous on vocals, Dave Gregor on guitar, Jason Hellman on bass, and Ed Wallner on drums.

For more information visit http://www.9mmsolution.com

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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