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The Past Against The Future
(Metal Mind Productions)

Poland's death squad DEVILYN have developed into a really strong force within the worldwide underground and especially their latest album "Artefact" turned out extremely convincing in every aspect. Unfortunately the band never really managed to establish a steady line-up, which is probably the main reason for all their setbacks, but hopefully this problem will be solved sooner or later, so that they will finally be able to reach the next level of popularity. I'm not exactly sure though if there's really already a demand for the demo compilation CD yet, but at the same time gotta confess that I still liked the idea nevertheless. Tracks 1 - 7 were taken from a demo entitled "The Rule", which they recorded way back in 1994 when the band was still called CEREBRAL CONCUSSION. Musically still very primitive and raw Death Metal without any particular highlights, but really interesting to check out after all those years anyway, especially if you never got your hands on the material when it originally got released (like yours truly). Way better and a solid proof of DEVILYN's big musical improvement is their "Promo 2000" (tracks 8 - 10). These recordings, that feature new guitar player Borówa and session drummer Inferno were done in order to get a new label interested in the band (the deal with Listenable Records was over after only two full lengths). And the fact that DEVILYN got signed by Plastic Head shortly after should easily speak for the quality of these songs. "The Past Against The Future" gets completed by the CARCASS cover 'Heartwork' (which, despite its great turnout, unfortunately was pretty much ruined by a fake live atmosphere with screaming fans) and a video clip for 'Reborn In Pain'. Excellent coverart and detailed additional song info lift this release above the average and should help you in your decision whether or not you're gonna purchase the disc.

Frank Stöver

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