Wicked Innocence - _Opium Empire_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
While I am familiar with the band's name, I can honestly say I have never really heard much from Wicked Innocence 'till now. The new disc, titled _Opium Empire_, is a pretty charged-up death metal record with shades of Cannibal Corpse running rampant throughout the tracks. But while there are numerous death metal acts going through the same route of doing things, Wicked Innocence add a bit of dexterity and technicality to their death metal playing. Songs like "Breed", "Territory of Wickedness" and "The Playground" are monstrous numbers that not only hit you with a gripping death metal groove, but also a swift array of stylings to add some substance to the material at hand. I heard once from a friend that the only good thing that came out of Utah was desperate Mormon girls looking for some action. I'll have to correct him next time he mutters that joke. Wicked Innocence do some nice damage with their death metal assault.

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(article published 13/3/2001)

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