Anterior - _Age of Silence_
(Metal Blade, 2007)
by: Jackie Smit (6 out of 10)
Hailing from the same English peninsula as the illustrious Bullet for My Valentine, come the equally fresh-faced Anterior; mercifully superior to the aforementioned act, if only by virtue of the fact that their music is unlikely to appeal to the snore-core crowd.

With a spirited adherence to melodic death metal's folksy legatos, the dual guitars of Luke Davies and Leon Kemp are undoubtedly the most effective weapon in their arsenal. These guys tear up fretboards like Fernando Alonso carves up race tracks, and the band aren't afraid to squarely place the emphasis on their warp-speed soloing at every given opportunity, injecting an enjoyable degree of bombast into proceedings.

Sadly the rest of the equation tends toward being somewhat non-descript, and it's likely that only the most high-spirited will be able to pick a song like "Scar City" or "Days of Deliverance" out of a line-up of decidedly homogenous tunes.


(article published 23/6/2007)

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