And Utero Dominae - _Bleeding Machines_
(Independent, 2006)
by: Kostas Sarampalis (6.5 out of 10)
First EP for American duo And Utero Dominae, and what they offer is three tracks of crushing modern thrash. The band consists of mainman Sam Geiger and drummer Justin Brink. In the course of the three songs, the heavy guitars and hardcore influenced drums dominate the sound. The vocals are harsh, thrashy and shouted, at points taking hardcore or death metal turns.

Opener "Bleeding Machines" is straightforward enough, but the other two songs twist and turn a bit more, touching some keyboards and slightly toying with the guitar tremolo. In "The Agony Disease", the mechanised drumming gives an aura of industrialised militarism, whereas "The Inverted" flirts with more commercial American metal bands, if only in the vocals and riffing.

This is a good first effort, but with only three songs it is difficult to tell what their debut will be like. The songs are consistent, tight and well produced. They also unfold a bit more after successive listens, which is always a good thing. I would be interested to see what they come up with next. For now, you can get the well-packaged _Bleeding Machines_ from their website, where you can also sample their music to see if it is to your liking.


(article published 24/2/2007)

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