Earth Crisis - _To the Death_
(Century Media, 2009)
by: Jackie Smit (9 out of 10)
They may now fast be approaching a collective age where society would have expected them to have moved on to other, apparently more sensible forms of expression, but the good news is that Earth Crisis show not one iota of ring rust on their sixth full-length. In fact, if you felt that 1995's _Destroy the Machines_ was about as much heavy as you could stand from the Syracuse quintet, it's likely that your sensitive disposition is going to be bent way out of shape this time round. At no point is that more apparent than when "To Ashes" bleeds out of the album's first track proper, only to make the disc's already passable opening gambit sound positively undercooked by comparison. And it just gets better from there.

"Control Through Fear" delivers the group's firebrand message with a couple of deftly modern metal touches thrown in for good measure -- the sort that would make any Lamb of God fan blush bright red. Sensationally threatening too is "Eye of Babylon", a barnstormer that's decked out in enough snarling groove to cause a riot on damn near any dancefloor. But it's the closing salvo of "What Horrifies" and the fist-pumping title track that seals the deal for _To the Death_ being perhaps Earth Crisis' finest hour. Simultaneously ferocious and unique, both demand to have their every word shouted along to by heavy music fans of all shapes and sizes -- whether you subscribe to the band's straight-edge idealism or not.


(article published 21/5/2009)

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