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Dew–Scented – Intermination


Last Updated on 05:10 PM by Lilliana Tseka

Genre:Thrash Metal
Country: Germany
Label: Metal Blade Records

And after a humble acoustic intro… pure mayhem! The first riff grabs you at once from the hair and throws you to the wall. For the rest 46 minutes and 19 seconds we have to face 11 chapters of a very aggressive thrash/death metal work. Of course, i don’t think that the band has disappointed any of their followers, except maybe “Invocation” that was not valued that well from some of the people who reviewed it.

This is the 10th album for the Germans. Release-wise, they count 20 years of existence next year, while as a group they’ve been around for 23 years. “Intermination” follows the positive performance that the band has shown throughout the years. Possessed guitar riffs with nice melodies whenever is needed, raging screams and drumming. Influenced mainly by “thrash metal” (obviously), but with lots of evil death metal riffs that are followed by blast beats, sometimes bringing total chaos and spread panic among us. Why should they release a bad album though after all their golden past and experience, with so many releases and gigs around the globe with names such Cannibal Corpse, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Nile, Behemoth, Bolt Thrower, Annihilator, Kreator, Death etc.?

According to the press release, the album follows the steps of its predecessor “Icarus”. I’ve never listened to this one, but maybe now it’s a good opportunity i guess. Note: Why all the names on each release start with the letter “I”?

I haven’t got anything else to comment on this matter, a very good album from a band that treated as much as we deserve which in all those 20 years the have offered us nothing but excellent work. The Germans haven’t changed their route musically and they offer us what every fan expects of them. Their sound has become classic as in their previous releases. The mixing was done under Dan Swano’s supervision (i don’t think that this guy needs any introduction) and the cover artwork is done by Gustavo Sazes ( Abstrata.net – Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel, Legion of the Damned etc).

I’ve listened to lots of nice thrash releases for the last 6 months; can’t wait to see what will follow the rest year!

Oh! I forgot to mention a cover track as the last song from a band that i adore; “Repulsion – Radiaton Sickness”. The sound is a bit confusing at first since its very well done and polished for a Repulsion cover – at least that’s what i was expecting. But it ROCKS!


Thrash, Mosh, Beer!

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