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I was completely blown away by these guys over the weekend when I saw them open for 1349. Thank fucking hell for them, American metal has been needing a real kick in the ass for several years now as far as I'm concerned. Finally, some kids from this generation who know how to shred and aren't trying to sound just like everyone else.

That being said, I'm not entirely sure I would classify them under black metal. It's pretty obvious they've got a lot of thrash, death, and doom influences as well. But then again, who the fuck cares when they sound this good?? Often the mark of a great band is one that can't be pigeonholed into a single genre.

 

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Doesn´t sound too bad. Reminds a little of Tribulation or In Solitude (minus the growls). Digging the more gothic metal influenced sound, they have potential if they manage to develop their sound a little more. Might be interesting to keep an eye on these guys.

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3 hours ago, Benjaminc81 said:

Doesn´t sound too bad. Reminds a little of Tribulation or In Solitude (minus the growls). Digging the more gothic metal influenced sound, they have potential if they manage to develop their sound a little more. Might be interesting to keep an eye on these guys.

I totally agree with you about them sounding like Tribulation. I also hear some death/doom-ish shit à la Katatonia's "Tonight's Decision" and October Tide's "Rain Without End" as well as something that kind of reminds me of Dissection's "Storm of the Light's Bane". Actually I just listened to an interview where they were asked about their influences and they listed most of my favorite bands haha. No wonder I like them so much. The main thing I hear is the songwriting is a bit inexperienced/amateurish, which isn't exactly unexpected given their age. I can tell you though that they were absolutely brilliant live, and so tight for a band that hasn't been around very long. 

Maybe I'm still riding the concert high but where I live in the US we are starving for young talented bands so they were really a pleasant surprise and very refreshing opposed to the generic/ambient/hybrid-metalcore garbage I've seen and heard the last 10+ years. Waaay better than any of the new bands I've seen from this area since forever.

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