Dearly Beheaded - _Temptation_
(Fierce Recordings, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (5 out of 10)
England quintet Dearly Beheaded deliver some really aggressive and Pantera-esque guitar riffs throughout _Temptation_, and that is a bonus. I like that sound. You know? Thick riffs accompanied by harsh vocals and a steady rhythm section make DB's release a good listen at high volumes. But all good things must come to an end. With a Pantera meets thrash metal mentality circulating throughout the releases, _Temptation's_ deliverance and objectives get old fast. Repetitive music styles are everywhere and I found that the band didn't really opt to try to allow singer Alex Creamer any room to alter his vocal styles much. Standouts include the title track, "Fuel My Hatred" and "Break the Restraint". It's a good record for loud, crunching guitar riffs but might not keep all metal fans' attention span.

(article published 1/2/1997)


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