Slaine - _NON_
(Independent, 2002)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6.5 out of 10)
This was probably recorded as more of a demo than an independent commercial release, but with the professional production and the digipak format it definitely gains a potentially wider reach. Slaine play reasonably technical death metal with frequently prominent bass lines and occasional thrash influences. The music is sometimes technical, some other times it gets faster or heavier; Slaine usually keep it varied enough. This Swiss band comes across as enthusiastic about their music, which leads to some pretty good moments on this EP. They are also adept performers and decent songwriters, and benefit from the solid production. The music is neither groundbreaking nor irresistibly enthralling, but it generally remains quite enjoyable and dynamic. This is a good effort by this unsigned band; I wouldn't be surprised if their next release sees them signed to a label.


(article published 5/4/2003)

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