Total Devastation - _Roadmap of Pain_
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Quote from the promo sheet: "Intense, aggressive and modern death
metal from Finland". True, but somewhat misleading (much like the band
name), for Total Devastation possess a few distinguishing attributes
that mean they will appeal less to pure death metal fanatics and more
to some other types. More specifically, the choruses and rhythms
remain far from your typical brutal death metal most of the time, and
electronic elements are often used in the songs. The band (which
apparently features five brothers from two families among its seven
members) succeeds at boosting the listenability of _Roadmap of Pain_
through variety. For example, "I Am God" and "Left Hand of the Devil"
are catchy and full of electronic elements, "Struggling From
Chokehold" and "Fleshing" are much faster, and "Fragments" very Blood
Red Throne-ish (give or take a technoid interlude). Nevertheless, the
real highlights are the doomy, atmospheric, almost Dolorian-like
"Production Peak" midway through the disc, and the catchy "Prepare to
Die", which features a violin. All in all, the album remains enjoyable
not only because the band can come up with plenty of good hooks, but
also because they sound somewhat different from the norm, and above
all keep things varied throughout without ending up with a disjointed
album. _Roadmap of Pain_ is a very good debut from Total Devastation,
the kind of disc that doesn't impress much at first but tends to win
you over after a few spins.
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