Artist: Skeletal Damage
These guys are a
quartet of heavy metal hailing from the North West of England.
This is their début album and they are described as a mis-mash of
Metallica, Machine Head and Pantera. Throughout the tracks there
is more than a hint of mainly Machine Head and Pantera and this is a
definite listen for any fans of the above
The strong, almost
bouncy 'Rise of the Morning Star' moves into a more moshful state around
half way through, backed with some VERY strong guitar work, and the album
retains this throughout, making it an easy, yet enjoyable listen.
Each song is around 6.7 minutes long, so there is plenty of music here
for a 9 track CD.
One thing I'm not sure
on, is the sound of the cow bell throughout. Not sure if it IS a cow
bell, but it definitely isn't a cymbal. Maybe they put it on to attract
your attention for every song ... since its there an awful lot.
'The Deadlights' is a
definitive departure from the rest of the album, almost a melodic metal
love song. This departure, however sudden, is actual a very nice
detachment, even with the emotion inspired screamo chorus. The
tone change halfway through also could be an emotional change, but it
doesn't detract from the simple beauty of the song, regardless of the
half that attracts you.
The rest of the tracks are pretty standard Machine Head/Pantera style songs, with some amazing guitar riffs and hook intros allowing for the knowledge of the change of tracks. Now I've heard them, I'm waiting for a second album with eager ears.
Review by: Kerry H
Rife Of The Morning Star
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