"Preaching Venom" (Lifeforce; 2009)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

When you think of great "death metal" territory, you probably don't think of Dubai. Nervecell's "Preaching Venom" may change your mind.

"Preaching Venom" is a combination of extreme metal with a technical death edge. The guitars chug along at a breakneck pace and the vocals are throat-tearing growls. If youíre looking for an album that doesnít let up, this is it.

The albumís somewhat overpowering drive is balanced by surprisingly bright solos that add a little light to the dark proceedings.

Like most albums in this genre, "Preaching Venom's" biggest fault is that the tracks all sound a little bit the same. The growls, the double pedals and the jackhammer guitars all come together to form a powerful sound but one that doesnít vary much from track to track.

Still, if youíre looking for a bludgeoning that will leave bruises but wonít break bones, "Preaching Venom" may be exactly what youíre looking for.

Nervecell: Louis Rando - Drums; Rami Mustafa - Lead guitars; James Khazaal - Vocals, Bass); Barney Ribeiro - Guitars.

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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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