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On disc: 2nd Suicide

Epitaph For The Proud - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Epitaph For The Proud

Epitaph For The Proud
(self-released - 2008)

The Finnish quintet was founded in 2004 and in 2006 they released their first demo - A Epitaph For The Proud. That demo had 4 tracks and now they release a single called Epitaph For The Proud with 2 tracks off their first demo, but in an overdone version. Unfortunately I don't know their first 2 demos and so I can't compare the 2008 version with the initial recordings. Sorry.
The opener is the title track Epitaph For The Proud and they start full force ahead! With heavy riffs and a more complex drum pattern, the vocals of Toni Toivonen are aggressive growls which are accompanied by melodic, but heavy guitar lines. Then a break and they offer a heavy mid-paced part with grunts. The guitar work of Lauri Helenius and Mikko Pekkanen is great, they deliver fast, heavy riffs, but also melodic guitar lines which support the song which so get a certain catchiness. The closer is Garden Of Stone and shows them again as guitar-driven, riff-based band. This one is an up-tempo tune with some hyper-fast passages. Again the guitars carry the melody and some parts are hymn-like... Aggression and melody are well balanced.
To give an idea about 2nd Suicide, think about Children Of Bodom without keyboards and add some aggression.... Even it that doesn't fit 100%, but there for you can download the single for free and check them out! You can download directly from the bands website and if you are interested in more demos, then go to:

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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