Desultory - _Swallow The Snake_
(Metal Blade, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (7 out of 10)
Swedish three-piece return to the music scene with a blistering assortment of loud aggressive numbers flowing with the intensity of a moving freight train. Brutally captivating, the thrash/death metal sounds of the band are clear and intense, rarely slowing down or letting loose their grips on our throats. Take the thrash-styled, Sacrifice/Sacred Reich-ish music for instance: you got the riffs, the speed and the vocals doing some damage, whereas with the death metal flavor to the music you got the depth of anger and hatred brewing within the music too. This combination is deadly as you will hear on such cuts as "Mushroom Smile," "Swallow The Snake," "Zone Traveller" and "Nothing Dies." With this their third album, the band has managed to come out of Sunlight Studios (with Tomas Skogsberg and Fred Estby producing) with a mixed bag of thrash/death metal cuts that are capable of adding a fresh dimension to today's music scene. Not that they are discovering new paths to explore with metal music, just that their maneuverability to gel both thrash and death metal deserves to spark some interest.

(article published 12/8/1996)

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