Sick Society - _Sick Society_
by: Adrian Bromley (2 out of 5)
Straight from the text books and schooling of every thrash/speed metal band that has been successful comes the work of San Luis Obispo's (California) aggressive quartet, Sick Society, a band pretty much trying hard to come across as original but in the long run sounding like regurgitated Sacred Reich, Anthrax, Pantera, and Metallica rolled into one. The problem? Well for starters this 8-song demo is poorly recorded (maybe even rushed?) and most of the material seems bland - no real edge to it. I'm not saying that Sick Society play boring commercial sell-out shit like Metallica or uninspired/monotonous music like Sacred Reich, but it just seems that a little too much time was put into the material of their self-titled debut demo. Most bands need to release some substance from their material and other than "Spinning Circle" or "Buried In My Own World", nothing truly leaps out of this demo tape. Emotions run high on this record and there are a lot of issues being thrown around in the songs but without music backing it, it is sounds like a soap box rally with very few passersby having an interest in what is going on. Bottom line: go for a stronger guitar sound adding screams/growls and lose the melodic vocals.

Contact: SICK SOCIETY, 2413 Broad St.

(article published 10/5/1996)


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