Pandemia - _Spreading the Message_
(Lost Disciple, 2000)
by: Aaron McKay (8.5 out of 10)
Here is what I like about Pandemia: interesting guitar work and fitting vocals to the material at hand. This fuckin' group -knows- when to speed it up when necessary and when to ease into a killer rhythm for effect. Sometimes it isn't the brutality or the inventiveness of the vocals, but exactly how fitting they happen to be to the music at hand. Furthermore, did you hear the uncompromising solo bleed into the wicked riff that finishes out the seventh cut, "Leaves the Storm"? If not, listen again. Perfect. Know what? I -just- changed this band's score to an eight and a half from an eight. I certainly appreciate the intelligence and mastery Pandemia displays all-throughout _Spreading the Message_. Never did my interest wane; I was engrossed from beginning to end. The fucking bass pops nearly the two minute mark on track four, "Free Strokes", is reason enough to buy this album. I -live- for that kind of shit! This Czech band has all their skills honed exquisitely. Chop after riff after awesome chop -- just listen to "The Tones Are Weaker". This four-piece has enough inventiveness to use "intros" three places throughout _StM_ collimating with an outro as track thirteen. Not before the title track, however. This bearing all the more reason to hear this disc. "Spreading the Message" is as addictive as any -three- narcotics I have ever hear heard about. Try the incredible riffing at key points through the song on for size, but the one around the two minute mark is next to divine. Find out about this band, I urge you. As soon as they support this debut in the United States, I'M THERE! Planetarily impressive!!


(article published 20/11/2000)

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