Pure As The Blood Covered Snow (Sounds of the Dead)
by Scott Hefflon
Ah, good ol’ Kansas black metal… Facepaint and shrieks, frantic drumming, sawing guitars, and the necro-style switched up with a real Testament thrash groove. Cool, cheap-ass production cover-ups (the mark of an ingenius band, if not one that’s always in perfect sync), I actually don’t even know what some of the clatter is that’s going on, but it’s an evil pleasure, like hearing metal trash cans tumbling down a windy street, denting yuppy scum’s BMWs with every glorious crash. Props for a speedfreak thrash-out of Black Sabbath “After Forever” (from Masters of Reality), done in a way that’d make Cradle of Filth proud. Only three songs, a cover, and a bonus demo track (wonderfully messy and shitty sounding).
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