Terminal Descent - _Manifesting the Present_
by: Adrian Bromley (2 out of 5)
While I must give Tony Mikkelson (the lone member in the act) props for making an effort to push Terminal Descent into the right direction with the brutal death metal attack of this ten-song demo, I am sad to say that the musical arrangements do nothing for me, other than the interesting number "Taming the Beasts". While a brutal assault is unleashed in sporadic intervals throughout, the remainder of the music here flows with a rather sedated and annoying groove, joined by gruff vocals that don't sound too intense -- something the music could have used. No doubt Mikkelson is eager to make things for Terminal Descent; I just think a bit more time toning the brutal attack and tightening of the song structure needs to be done before results start to take shape. Who knows? Maybe some new band members might help shape things up a bit better. For now, the present state of the band comes across as uninspired.

Contact: Terminal Descent, c/o Tony Mikkelson, 236 N. 11th St.,

(article published 14/1/2002)

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