"Slit Throat Andromeda" (Candlelight; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

New Mexico is known for its serene, picturesque desert landscapes lined with cactus and mountains, yet the quartet Of Graves and Gods aims to change this perception with their corrosive 11-track endeavor titled "Slit Throat Andromeda."

From the brazen Machine Head-like title track that opens the disc, the listener is propelled into a furious metalcore spin that pounds through your cranium without a shred of remorse. While much of what these guys do is a bit overdone these days, the furrowed guitar browbeatings, roaring bestial growls, and incessant jackhammering rhythms showcase a vicious streak not unlike Himsa or Hatebreed at their most metallic. 

A bit contrived in the songwriting department, but genuinely crushing, this disc fits in smack dab in the middle of the second stage of Ozzfest.

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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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