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DEW-SCENTED
DEW-SCENTED
Issue VI
(Nuclear Blast Records)
45:57min

Well my fave European extreme act is back again with a new 12 song offering. So do they live up to the strong expectations I had for this? Have they stayed true to their original songwriting / approach and haven't sacrificed it on the altar of so called production, something that would pissed off journalists around as they're always looking for this aspect? The answer is a huge yes for both! This four piece has once again combined all the elements to come up with a winning album in the Death / Thrash category! Opening with a rather surprising super fast and ultra effective powerhouse tune, 'Processing Life' (the fastest tune here as the other tunes are mostly based on mid paced tempos), the slaughter never ends til the end. The barrage of riffs here reminds me of Canada powerhouse INFERNAL MAJESTY in many ways with the band providing enough bludgeon in the riff department to leave you truly satisfied. This said, I somehow think that "Inwards" and "Impact" had as a whole much more effectiveness as some tunes here such as 'Rituals Of Time', 'Bleed Dry' or 'Never To Return' fail to totally impress the listener. The low point here would be the ending tune 'Evil Dead' probably a cover of some Hardcore band that I'm unaware of (yep, according to Leif it's a cover of the Punk act ZEKE - Frank), kinda out of place if you ask me with its punk feel and delivery. The overall sound is excellent and really captures what DEW-SCENTED are all about, ferocity, rage and power. "Issue VI" is an undeniably brutal album and possess again everything to propel this band to the next level. Now it's up to the public to really realise that DEW-SCENTED is not just another brutal act!

Laurent Ramadier

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