Houwitser - _Damage Assessment_
(Osmose Productions, 2003)
by: Xander Hoose (7.5 out of 10)
Just like Inhume, Houwitser is yet another Dutch band signed to Osmose and releasing their new album just in time for the Christmas season (expected release date is November 2003). Whereas Inhume is more focused on grind, Houwitser can definitely be classified as honest brutal death. The most obvious sign of this is the guitar playing, which is very technical and skilled -- not strange if you consider guitarists Michiel and Alex have had plenty of experience with their previous band Sinister. Vocals are above average considering the competition; the grunts are all pretty intelligible, which is a big plus to me. Unfortunately, even though _Damage Assessment_ is a much better album than its predecessor, it still seems to lack something elemental. Considering it is a very solid album from beginning to end, it just doesn't impress me as much as it should given the premises. Check it out for yourselves -- it surely won't cause you any damage.

Contact: http://www.houwitser.com

(article published 15/8/2003)


ALBUMS
7/3/2002 Q Kalis 5 Houwitser - Rage Inside the Womb
3/14/1999 A McKay 9 Houwitser - Death... But Not Buried
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