Uziel - _Long Perished Rebels_
by: Quentin Kalis (3 out of 5)
Polish newcomers Uziel combine the archetypal melodic death metal sound with commercial black metal (along the lines of Mystic Circle, Old Man's Child, etc.) to create a voice that is simultaneously accessible and sufficiently novel to elevate them above the melodeath legions.

In keeping with their accessible (not to be confused with "commercial" or any similar derogatory term) approach, the vocals are relatively discernible, although they invite comparisons with Dani Filth on those occasions when Filth utilizes a lower pitch. The final song "Falling (In Love With a Piece of Smoked Pork)" is a marked departure from this template and the rougher, more brutal sound and looser style suggest that this is the result of studio shenanigans, presumably whilst under some degree of intoxication, and clearly is not to be taken seriously.

There is room for improvement -- the least of which is discarding the rather annoying spoken word intros. Furthermore, Uziel tend to utilise the most generic aspects of both genres, especially with regard to the melodic death sections. For example, a number of riffs could have come straight out of Dark Tranquillity's _The Mind's I_ -- suggesting that the melding process could do with some refinement. This demo is not the best I've heard, but it does suggest that with a bit of tweaking and innovation, the path they are on may yet yield a surprise a two.


(article published 23/10/2006)

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