BLOODBATH OF VENGEANCE
Odd tracks by Seethe - Even tracks by Cerberus
In true underground tradition, two bands from Milton Keynes have pooled
resources and released this split EP that features three tracks from each
band and gives them something with which to promote themselves at as many
gigs as they can organise.
Both bands take their sound from the established thrash and death metal style of the eighties (having many of the big names of that era as influences). It’s seemingly as a reaction to the current wave of apathy from grass roots level which is being fired at a stagnating (not so) nu-metal scene.
Seethe (playing on the odd numbered tracks) play thrash with a tilt slightly towards death metal, mainly due to the really low guttural vocals and have a real penchant for speed. “Bloodbath Of Vengeance” is just that, old school speed thrash with death vocals and is some way reminiscent of Venom with the typical over clocked drums of the genre. “Exhumed Justice” is traditional thrash in an Exodus kind of way, while “Darkness Falls” hurtles at a breakneck pace with more over clocked drums, which sometimes makes the rhythm difficult to follow. However, the riffs are crushing brutal!
Cerberus (playing on the even numbered tracks) stick with a more straight forward and traditional thrash metal style. “On Your Knees” and “Necromancer” are basic old school thrash, in the vain of Testament and Exodus but far more specifically Slayer. There are lots of double bass drum kicking, shouty vocals and blistering guitar breaks. “Cerberus” finishes with a more controlled chugging style of thrash, like classic Metallica or Testament with a youthful edge.
This EP is raw, unsophisticated and the production is a little muddy at times, but it still allows two bands to introduce a little variety to the UK metal underground. It won’t be to everyone’s taste (as was the case in the eighties), but hopefully it will be enough to show that no longer does every metal band need to sound like Korn.
- Rigsby (29th September, 2003)