Latrodectus - _Altered Flesh_
(Adipocere, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (4 out of 10)
_Altered Flesh_ is proof (if ever proof was needed) that a strong, well-suited production job does not a good album make. Latrodectus got Anorexia Nervosa's keyboard player to recreate some of the sound their countrymates had for their bombastic _New Obscurantis Order_, but apart from the decent sound _Altered Flesh_ lacks most of everything else. The vocals in particular are an atrocious variation on Immortal's Abbath; the guitars play generic blackened metal riffs, while the keyboards add the obligatory pinch of pseudo-goth. Much like their labelmates Destinity, Latrodectus go through every motion of mediocre, cliché imagery and deeply unoriginal musical style; they are not entirely bad though, and you never know whether they might come back with something more interesting next time.


(article published 29/9/2003)

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