Aliengates - _Dark Days Quantum_
(Independent, 2001)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7 out of 10)
A 21 minute self-released EP that arrives from Switzerland, _Dark Days Quantum_ is a serious, well presented showcase of the band's skills. It contains a brief atmospheric intro plus five tracks of a thrashy type of death metal with a bit of a nod towards Sweden, and Gothenburg in particular. Despite being rather unsuitable for headphones due to problems with the sound balance, the production -- always an iffy issue with independent releases -- does not let Aliengates down on loudspeakers. The band is quite competent instrumentally and able to write good enough songs to allow the EP to flow nicely, which is an achievement in itself for a young band. Nevertheless, Aliengates will need to increase the overall intensity of their music a notch next time around to create more of an impact; they do have good foundations to build upon, though, and time will likely be kind to this young band.


(article published 3/7/2002)

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