Fear thy Name - _Riding the Chariots of War_
by: Pedro Azevedo (4 out of 5)
It was two years ago that I first heard of Fear thy Name, and since my lukewarm reaction to their _The Awakening_ demo I hadn't heard from these Portuguese youngsters again. Upon receiving this new demo CD I initially wondered how well they had developed over that period, as the generally more professional layout seemed to suggest they hadn't been frozen in time. Indeed, from the opening minutes it becomes clear that they have matured and evolved into a more cohesive unit, capable of producing dark metal of a high standard for a demo. Keyboard enhanced, but not excessively melodic for the genre, the music Fear thy Name churn forth on _Riding the Chariots of War_ carries a nostalgic '90s feel. Fortunately though, the band avoids sounding too close to any one specific act I can think of. Boasting a very good production job for a demo, the songs remain solid throughout; not especially memorable or outstanding, but a pleasant listen nonetheless. On their way to a commercial release, Fear thy Name would be well advised to keep in mind that a strong production, much as it can help your demo, does not ensure a good album on its own. There should be no place for complacency, as the band still need to improve in order to succeed at a higher level.

Contact: http://www.fearthyname.com

(article published 7/4/2005)

3/31/2003 P Azevedo 3 Fear thy Name - I - The Awakening
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