Salutary - _Violated Holiness_
(The Corner Company, 1998)
by: Alex Cantwell (6 out of 10)
_Violated Holiness_ is the first release from Holland's Salutary, which is actually their demo on CD, plus four live tracks. In their bio, Salutary falsely compare themselves to many great bands with which they have nothing in common. That is not to say that they are a bad band; they are just smiling upon themselves perhaps a bit too much. _VH_ features primarily thrash, or what the band refers to as "thrashcore", that is played well and successfully drew me in, but it seemed as though I had heard it all before. Detritus' _Perpetual Defiance_ comes to mind frequently during a listen. The vocals are shouted/sung, and for a short time in "Hysterical Manifestation" backed by growls. The live tracks, two of which are also part of the four studio tracks, actually have good production, but the guitars are noticeably out of tune. The professional layout helps the overall package, and I will keep an eye on these guys, as they have reportedly gotten heavier.

Contact: The Corner Company, P.O. Box 1039, NL-2410 CA Bodegraven,

(article published 13/2/1999)


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