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- Slay Your Kind - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

Slay Your Kind

Slay Your Kind
(Dr. Music Distribution - 2006)

I guess most can name a few bands from the Netherlands, but how many can you name which are coming from Belgium? Well, in the early 80's there been a few and these days? I would name After All first, then have to start thinking... Exterminator are from Belgium, too, but I haven't heard about them before, even if the band was founded in 1991! In the mid-90's they released an EP and in 2000 their first full-length CD was released - Mirror Images. It took them 6 years to present their follow-up Slay Your Kind.
Something comes closer... a rhythmic sound and spoken words - Slay Your Kind... Then they start full force ahead in to the album with Road Crash Rebellion. They repeat the words woven into the lyrics. Almost like a mantra. Musically the Belgiums can be placed in the melodic death metal genre, but with some thrash elements. Guitarist and singer Jacky Cuypers adds some rough vocal parts... some growls. The opening song has thrashy parts, some heavy up-tempo parts and fast double-bass drumming parts. A screaming guitar shows you into Primordial Law. A death metal track with some melodic guitar lines and even some traditional metal parts. The quartet takes you to Egypt with the track Inside The Pyramid. Some Egyptian influenced guitars leads into this song, but then it becomes a mid-tempo death metal tune with quite melodic twin guitars. Unusual... And interesting. And it gets even more weird with the clean vocal part which is a bit like the backings on a Pink Floyd song... Strange, but it works and they catch your attention with this kind of gimmicks. The following The Human Vermin is starting off fast - with a anthem-like refrain - and slows down later. Some parts are more doom then death metal. With tribal sounds they take you into the jungle for Cannibalistic Paranoia. Again they use some spoken words here. Riff-based is La Souffrance and guitar-wise it sounds quite traditional. First the growls, then melodic spoken words - a bit like some pop groups do - and back to the heaviness and the growls. This one is really strange, especially when the clean vocals are going pop... But as it's the last track, you can just stop the CD or go back to track 1. Depends on your preferences.
It's the combination of different sounds and the surprising elements which make the album weird and interesting at the same time. Nothing for fans of old school death metal, but if you like death metal with melody... and with different sound elements, then you should take a listen!

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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