Hidden Pride - _The Encounter of the First Kind_
by: Alain M. Gaudrault (3 out of 5)
Hailing from the Montreal area, a haven of extreme metal since the formation of Voivod back in the 1980s, Hidden Pride showcase their talents on this well-produced cassette with the help of Obliveon guitarist Pierre Remillard twiddling the knobs. This is grinding death which, while not overly original, is expertly delivered. A lot of power, and plenty of chugging riffs set this release apart from others in the genre. The drumming is nothing spectacular, but the guitar sound is crunchy and thick, filling out the sound quite well. While _The Encounter ..._ displays the members' talents, it also leaves me to wonder what more they can do to expand on the sound they're slowly developing. Without an added twist, they'll simply be considered another death/grind band, but I've a feeling that this bunch have it in them to create more unique ditties befitting their prowess. Hopefully, they'll find the creative energy to do so.

Contact: E.S.T. Management c/o Michel Monette

(article published 10/5/1996)

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